Coal push does nothing for SA or Port Augusta - Former Coal Worker

Coal push does nothing for SA or Port Augusta - Former Coal Worker


Repower Port Augusta has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to deliver the Federal Government’s promised support for a 24 hour solar thermal plant with storage in Port Augusta to create new jobs & on-demand clean power in response to the PM’s push for new coal.


“Coal is over in South Australia and talking about bringing it back will do nothing to replace the jobs we lost in Port Augusta. We need our Prime Minister to deliver his promise to make solar thermal a priority to our community” former power station worker & Repower Port Augusta chairperson Gary Rowbottom said.


Repower Port Augusta says the Prime Minister should write to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Clean Energy Finance Corporation asking them to put together funding for a large scale solar thermal plant with storage in Port Augusta.


“Yesterday the Prime Minister announced $20 million for storage demonstration projects to be spread out across Australia. This is a good thing, but it’s a small step and for South Australia we need to see funding dedicated to getting solar thermal off the ground” Mr Rowbottom said.


The South Australian Government is currently tendering for new generation to provide power to the Government and solar thermal companies have submitted proposals to this process.


“The SA Government’s power purchase is the perfect opportunity for Prime Minister Turnbull to deliver his government’s promise to our state to make funding for solar thermal in Port Augusta happen” Mr Rowbottom said.


“South Australia needs solutions now and there is industry ready to get building. It’s time for solar thermal in Port Augusta” Mr Rowbottom said.


Solar thermal plants with storage have the same characteristics as coal and gas-fired generation in their ability to provide network benefits and on-demand electricity, without carbon pollution.

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