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Invest in Solar Thermal

Right now there's a proposal on the table to replace two of the highest polluting coal fired power stations in Australia with solar thermal. Building Australia's first solar thermal plant in Port Augusta will help create hundreds of new jobs – and reduce harmful emissions that are contributing to climate change. It will deliver local investment and will do a great deal to mitigate long-standing community concerns about health issues related to the coal fired power plant.

There's only one group of people who are yet to get behind it, and that's the Government. Email your ALP MP using our tool on the right and ask them to commit to using our two existing renewable enery funds (ARENA and the CEFC) to fund Australia's first solar thermal power plant.
Here's some things you might want to mention:
  • Right now there's a proposal on the table to replace two of the highest polluting coal fired power stations in Australia with solar thermal. 
  • The overwhelming majority of the Port Augusta community (in a recent landslide vote, 98% of the Port Augusta community voted in favour of building Australia's first solar plant), the head of Alinta Energy (owner of the Playford plants), local small businesses and the mayor of Port Augusta are all in favour of transitioning to solar instead of gas.
  • After the failure of the Government to deliver on Contracts for Closure it's important that we focus on doing what we can to close down our dirtiest polluters and reduce emissions. Port Augusta is the natural place to begin as it's one of the largest polluters, is already scheduled to close and has with the most community support and company goodwill for a smooth transition to solar energy.
  • There's already allocated funding for renewable energy under ARENA and the CEFC, that could be used to start building big solar at no extra cost to the Government.
  • The Government is currently paying the Port Augusta plant (and other coal plants around the country) just to stay open. It's giving more than $4.5 billion in tax payer dollars to coal companies around the country to keep polluting without offering an incentive to close down or transition to renewable energy. Instead the Government should use these funds to build Australia's first solar thermal plant in a community that will receive it with open arms.
  • If we can prove this can be done in Port Augusta it will be a tangible game changer for the viability of renewable energy in Australia. It will lead to increased investor confidence in the future of renewables.

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