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As Alinta coal mine to close, opportunity opens for solar thermal plant

Alinta’s Leigh Creek coal mine may close at end of year ahead of power plant shutdowns , ABC News, By political reporter Angelique Donnellan and staff , 31 July 15 Alinta Energy cannot rule out closing its Leigh Creek coal mine by the end of the year.

The shutdown looms as the company confirmed that it would shut its Port Augusta power stations between March next year and March 2017……..

solar thermal Aust CyprusSouth Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright said the exit of Alinta from the region would create an opportunity for the Government to develop Australia’s first solar thermal plant in Port Augusta.

“An investment in solar thermal in the Port Augusta region is just crying out to [be] made because you have huge community support, you have the conditions, you have the solar radiation, you have the space, and you have a skilled workforce that could transition,” she said……

August 1, 2015 - Posted by | General News

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