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Solar thermal in Port Augusta Key Part of Securing SA’s Clean Energy Mix

Community-led campaign Repower Port Augusta has called on the South Australian and Federal governments to back plans to build solar thermal in Port Augusta following a new ACIL Allen report into energy security options for South Australia. The report, funded by … Continue reading Solar thermal in Port Augusta Key Part of Securing SA’s Clean Energy Mix

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Momentum builds for Port Augusta solar tower

Momentum for the country’s first solar thermal tower in Port Augusta is building, despite the fossil fuel sector’s recent attack on South Australia’s renewable energy leadership.  Testament to the success of the grassroots Repower Port Augusta campaign and the viability of the … Continue reading Momentum builds for Port Augusta solar tower

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Research finds unreliable, expensive gas cause of SA price spikes: Solar-thermal solution needed

New research from the Climate Council has identified expensive and unreliable gas power as the key cause of recent electricity price spikes in South Australia. The Climate Council recommends large-scale and distributed energy storage to protect South Australian households from … Continue reading Research finds unreliable, expensive gas cause of SA price spikes: Solar-thermal solution needed

Port Augusta Says Yes To Renewables: A Local Expression of a National Trend

Port Augusta residents have voted in favour of renewable energy in a first-of-a-kind plebiscite (ABC News report).

An overwhelming majority, 98 percent of participants, support concentrating solar thermal to replace the city’s aging coal generators. The community has rejected the proposal to replace the Northern and Playford B coal plants with gas. With a meagre 2 percent support, the gas option has gone down in flames.

Repower Port Augusta, the community group who spearheaded the initiative, collected the votes of 4096 Port Augustans. The impressive sample of 28 percent of the population means the pro-renewables result cannot be dismissed.

The Port Augusta poll result tells a strikingly familiar story about public support for renewable energy. It can be seen as a localised expression of a larger trend. In poll after poll, renewable energy is shown to be incredibly popular with Australians.

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Switching to solar from coal at Port Augusta

Tonight, a coalition of environment groups led by Beyond Zero Emissions is publicly launching in Adelaide their plan to Repower Port Augusta. Port Augusta Regional Council and power station owner Alinta Energy are backing the plan to replace the polluting … Continue reading Switching to solar from coal at Port Augusta

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Alinta considers converting Port Augusta generators to solar thermal

Serious about solar SOPHIE MCCALLUM Transcontinental , 16 Nov, 2011 Alinta Energy is seriously exploring the idea of converting its Port Augusta power stations into solar thermal facilities. Solar thermal was first proposed by renewable energy advocates, Beyond Zero Emissions … Continue reading Alinta considers converting Port Augusta generators to solar thermal