A couple of years ago, we shared some of the most exciting news that the Westinghouses were moving to WestingHouse Electric Appliance in Bendigo.
The company, which makes power supplies and appliances, was looking to build an 800 MW solar project in South Bend and wanted to build it in partnership with the city.
The solar plant is slated to be operational by 2021 and will have power generation capacity of 6MW.
This is an impressive feat, but not as impressive as it sounds.
The Westing houses are built on an array of large mirrors that reflect sunlight back into space, creating an area that can be up to 2.5 kilometres across.
They’re able to create a solar-powered field that can reach up to 20 times the area of a typical street.
The company hopes to have the solar plant operational by the end of 2021.
The Bendigo City Council has approved the project and a deal has been struck with the owners of the Bendigo Town Council to provide the company with the $6 million needed to complete the project.
WestingHouse is a subsidiary of German company Siemens.
In the US, Siemens is one of the largest producers of solar panels in the world.
It also has a contract with the US Department of Energy to supply solar panels to the West Coast.
According to a press release from the Bendigos City Council, WestingHouses solar project will be one of four renewable energy projects being implemented in the city over the next three years.
It will include 100MW of solar capacity and 50MW of wind energy capacity.
The Bendigous will also be home to the Bendiogos Renewable Energy Project (BREP) which will produce and sell electricity to the city, as well as to nearby communities.
It’s a project that the Bendis plan to partner with to create jobs and economic activity.