Alinta Energy and the ARENA’s announcement that they will pursue stand-alone Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology in their full feasibility study has been met with praise and overwhelming support.
Alinta Energy and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s announcement that they will pursue stand-alone Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology in their full feasibility study has been met with praise and overwhelming support.
The highly-anticipated results of Alinta Energy’s options study were released on Thursday morning after months of anticipation from the Port Augusta community and beyond.
The news has received applause from several key stakeholders and has been generally regarded as a significant milestone on the road towards pioneering renewable energy options in South Australia, despite little support from the federal government.
Repower Port Augusta, a local lobbying group who has campaigned long and hard for solar thermal power generation in Port Augusta, welcomed the long-awaited news yesterday morning by popping a bottle of champagne.
""We’re elated, this is what the community has been fighting for." – Lisa Lumsden, Repower Port Augusta chairperson".
Repower Port Augusta chairperson Lisa Lumsden said Alinta has made the right decision in choosing to pursue solar thermal with storage over a hybrid option.
"We’re elated, this is what the community has been fighting for," she said.
“Solar thermal with storage gives our community the opportunity to transition away from coal, keep jobs in town and secure our long term future.
“In Port Augusta we have the space, the sun, the workforce to make it happen, and now we have a company studying exactly how they could do it.
“We’re really encouraged by this major step forward from Alinta and now we’ll be doing all we can to make solar thermal with storage a reality in Port Augusta.”
Port Augusta City Council mayor Sam Johnson was equally as pleased with the news, suggesting it would put Port Augusta on the international stage as home to the innovative and renewable energy technology.
“To me, this is a massive step in the right direction…it’s a huge capital investment in regional South Australia, and to us