30/06/2008 - 10:58

WA govt injects $6m in green technology

30/06/2008 - 10:58

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The state government has given $6 million from its $36.5 million Low Emission Energy Development fund to two companies to develop technology to help reduce Western Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

WA govt injects $6m in green technology

The state government has given $6 million from its $36.5 million Low Emission Energy Development fund to two companies to develop technology to help reduce Western Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

The $6 million is from the first round of the LEED fund and will go towards the construction of a massive solar power station in Kalgoorlie and the development of an oil mallee harvesting machine.

"We want to focus investment towards technologies where Western Australia has a natural and competitive advantage such as geothermal bioenergy, as well as renewable energy generation, such as wind and solar power," Premier Alan Carpenter said.

"The LEED fund is a key initiative in the Premier's Climate Change Action Statement which will assist WA in making the transition to a low-carbon economy of the future."

By assisting the development of WA projects, the LEED fund also helps to attract a fair share of Commonwealth government support to WA.

The Premier said an independent expert advisory group, chaired by the State's chief scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, had assessed 12 applications for funding.

Both successful applicants demonstrated the use of cutting-edge technology, and had the potential to make a significant contribution in helping the State to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

"Projects like these will also go a long way to providing greater diversity in energy sources and greater energy security," Mr Carpenter said.

The Premier said he was keen to see other potential projects come forward and apply for funding under round two of the LEED fund, which will be opened soon.

"The first round of the LEED fund has resulted in two extremely valuable and innovative projects," he said.

"A review of the funding criteria used in round one has resulted in changes which will make it easier for proponents of innovative projects to apply for this significant funding."

The projects that will be funded in 2008-09 are:

Solar Systems Ltd: $4.5million to assist in building a solar power station in Kalgoorlie using a 500-sun concentrator to focus an intense energy beam on efficient solar cells. The power station will supply 1.77 MW of electricity. The total value of the project is $12.8million.

Future Farm Industries: $1.5million towards the costs of designing, building and testing an oil mallee harvesting machine. Oil Mallees have been recognised for a long time for their potential to provide a bioenergy source which can be grown in combination with conventional cereal cropping systems. The long-living trees also provide significant benefits to biodiversity and soil quality, and can store carbon underground in large woody roots.

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