Queensland, Australia, will become home to a 44 MW solar thermal project -the largest in the southern hemisphere, according to Premier Anna Bligh. As part of a $115 million solar package in the 2010-2011 budget, thegovernment is contributing $35 million to the project, which will belocated at Kogan Creek, near Dalby. This funding is in addition to anearlier government pledge of $31 million.
In addition, the budget contains $29.5 million in funding for a solar rebate program that willprovide residents with rebates of $600 and $1,000 for the installationof solar heat pump or solar hot water systems. It also sets aside $5.8million for the Solar Kindergartens Program, which funds theinstallation of solar PV panels on the roofs of new and existingkindergarten buildings, built or upgraded over the next four years.