Australian Youth Climate Commission leads push for Port Augusta Solar Energy
Port Augusta supporters walk to Adelaide to show support for solar power plant http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/port-augusta-supporters-walk-to-adelaide-to-show-support-for-solar-power-plant/story-e6frea6u-1226484783475 IT is solar energy’s time to shine in Port Augusta, say 80 people who walked from the Spencer Gulf town to Adelaide yesterday. There they joined about 300 other solar supporters to rally at Parliament House.
The drizzle did not put a dampener on the rally, where Australian Youth Climate Commission national director Ellen Sandell said the walk was a message to State and Federal governments to support converting Port Augusta’s coal-fired power stations to solar-thermal energy.
“It’s better for the jobs, better for the health and better for the climate,” Ms Sandell said.
Power station worker Gary Rowbottom walked part of the way to show his support.
“I have worked at the power station for 13 years. I am passionate
about this campaign and jobs for Port Augusta and South Australia,” Mr
Welcoming the walkers were science identity Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Senator Hanson-Young said converting the plant to solar would
guarantee a future for Port Augusta and the rest of the nation.
“This is a project that South Australia should grab on to with both
hands,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
“There are going to be at least 1800 jobs that this project will deliver for SA.
“The Port Augusta locals want it, the company that runs the dirty
power stations at the moment wants it and South Australians want to
see SA invest in clean, green energy.”
Dr Kruszelnicki said solar power was the right direction.
“If we head down this path we can end up with a system where we get
all of Australia’s electrical energy entirely from renewables . .. and
when you average it out over 30 years it can supply Australia with
electricity at one-third of the price of burning coal,” he said.
“It’s cheaper for Australians, and no emissions … what’s not to like?”
Joining the locals were Ballarat women Maggie Towers and Sophie Morrow.
Donning sun placards, the pair car-pooled to make it to the rally.
“It’s our future and climate change is going to ruin our environment,”
Ms Towers said.
“This is a moment to improve things in our lives.”
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