Senator Sarah Hanson-Young calls for South Australia to lead on renewable energy
While our nation as a whole has committed to reaching a target of 20 per cent baseload power generation from renewable sources by the year 2020, SA has already achieved better than that with a 21 per cent renewable power supply.
SA is already leading the way in renewable energies Australia-wide. The question we have to answer now is: Do we want to lead the world?
Let’s lead the way again in green energy, says Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young Herald Sun 28 Sept 12 AUSTRALIA is rich in natural energy resources that a clean and green. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young wants South Australia to lead the way.
AS we know, Australia is rich in natural resources. We’ve been exploiting our mineral reserves for more than a century now.
But there is a catch these resources are both finite and dirty. The good news is that we in South Australia have a plentiful supply of alternative natural resources to call upon in the form of solar power and wind energy.
Our state is perfectly poised to make hay while the sun shines and, when it comes to renewable energy alternatives, the economic sun is certainly breaking through the clouds in SA.
While our nation as a whole has committed to reaching a target of 20
per cent baseload power generation from renewable sources by the year
2020, SA has already achieved better than that with a 21 per cent
renewable power supply. The advantages of wind power are well
understood in our state where, despite our size, we produce almost
half of the nation’s wind power capacity.
Now SA is being presented with an opportunity to lead the way in
another form of renewable energy and there’s a passionate group who
want to tell you about it.
Two-and-a-half weeks ago 80 people set out on a walk from Port Augusta
and they won’t be returning home until they’ve walked all the way to
Adelaide. They are coming to spruik the benefits of transitioning Port
Augusta’s two coal-fired power stations to renewable energy
Australian climate change think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE)
believes Port Augusta is perfectly positioned to lead the nation in
the renewables field by building Australia’s first solar thermal power
plant. The Australian Greens agree.
Solar thermal power stations are able to store heat overnight, meaning
the technology can deliver reliable and consistent electricity to
customers around-the-clock in the same way a gas-powered station
BZE’s research shows that transitioning to solar thermal plants in
Port Augusta would also create more than 1800 jobs, protect the health
of the surrounding community, save five million tonnes of CO2
emissions each year and lower the cost of electricity to all South
Australians in the long term.
With this plan too there is a catch, but in the case of solar thermal
plants all that is needed to overcome that hurdle is a little
foresight and strong political leadership…….SA is already leading
the way in renewable energies Australia-wide. The question we have to
answer now is: Do we want to lead the world?
You can join the “Rally for Solar” in Rundle Park this Sunday at 1pm
when the walkers from Port Augusta arrive in the city.
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