Queensland could become home to one of the world’s largest solar power stations, Energy Minister Stephen Robertson says.

Mr Robertson on Wednesday announced $100 million to go towards two projects that receive funding under the federal government’s Solar Flagships program.

The program supports the construction of large-scale solar power plants in Australia and four Queensland projects have been shortlisted. 

Round one supports one large solar thermal station and one solar photovoltaic station.

Those in the running are:

– An AGL Energy proposal for a multi-site project in Queensland, Western Australia, NSW and SA using solar photovoltaic technology;

– A Parsons Brinckerhoff proposal for a solar thermal plant at Kogan Creek, near Chinchilla;

– A Wind Prospect CWP proposal for a solar thermal plant at Kogan Creek; and

– A Transfield proposal for a solar thermal plant at Collinsville, west of Proserpine.

Mr Robertson said the funding would help with the development of the projects and was contingent on two Queensland plans being chosen, reducing it if only one was successful.

“These plants will present a major stepping stone in providing solar-generated power to Queensland and Australian households and industry through the national electricity grid,” he said.

The federal government will choose successful candidates in the first half of next year, with projects possibly coming on line in 2015, he said.

A report released by the minister last week showed Queensland had some of the world’s best solar sites.

“Queensland is committed to doubling solar energy capacity within the next five years,” Mr Robertson told reporters.

Source: news.smh