A BARNSLEY firm has negotiated a deal worth more than $7 billion to build the world's biggest solar power station - which could create 600 local jobs.

Solar Europa, based at Capitol Park, Dodworth, is in the final stages of signing the $7.25bn contract which, if signed, will create at least 600 jobs here.

The plant, in Turkey, will cover thousands of acres of desert scrubland and will generate enough electricity to power more than a million homes.

"This is equivalent to a four gigawatt coal-fired power station," said CEO David Hawkins. "It's not just good for Solar Europa as a company, it's good for this locality, it's good for this region, and it's good for 'Brand Britain'.

"It's been three-and-a-half years of hard work and team effort. We're almost there, however this is where the hard work starts.

"Everyone is working tirelessly to deliver this contract. Once it's signed, we can breathe a sigh of relief."

Andrew Denniff, chief executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said the project will be fantastic news for Barnsley.