Port Augusta is a town at a crossroads. Two coal-fired power stations have closed, and people are deciding how to replace them: with Australia’s first “solar thermal plants” or a “combined cycle fossil gas plant”.
The Repower Port Augusta Alliance has developed a solid proposal to replace the coal plants with 6 solar thermal plants and 95 wind turbines.
Repowering Port Augusta using solar thermal and wind will:
- create 1800 jobs,
- save 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions,
- improve the health of the local community. and
- ensure energy security and stable electricity prices.
Gas power will do none of these things.
The local community, the council, local businesses and the power company all want solar – but to make this happen we need the support of the Premier and the Federal Government. Join the Alliance in calling for a solar future for South Australia.
The proposal, Repowering Port Augusta is a detailed blueprint for replacing the emissions intensive Northern and Playford B brown coal power plants at Port Augusta with renewable energy.
This proposal would help Australia to take advantage of our natural comparitive advantage of abundant solar energy. It would enable South Australia to become a world leader in renewable energy, and Port Augusta would become an iconic global hub for baseload solar power generation.
This report has been presented to local MPs and members of the government.
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The Repower Port Augusta Alliance
For more information about the Repower Port Augusta campaign and to get involved see http://repowerportaugusta.org/
More about the campaign including:
- Submissions to inquiries
- A radio podcast