Many sources of power

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

There is much scep­ti­cism from your let­ter-writ­ers about the abil­ity of re­new­able en­ergy sources to give us power.

How­ever, a small head of water, for ex­am­ple on a hill next to a val­ley, is a site suitable for a pump hy­dro stor­age ad­ja­cent to a so­lar and wind farm. A few tens of sites are all that are needed to give Aus­tralia all the elec­tric­ity it needs — elec­tric­ity that is af­ford­able, re­li­able and sus­tain­able.

An ex­am­ple is at the dis­used Kid­ston gold mine, 200km west of Townsville, where a so­lar farm and pump stor­age hy­dro scheme un­der con­struc­tion will power 200,000 homes across much of north Queens­land.

Let’s not be scep­ti­cal about fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties. There lies real progress. Ge­orge Car­rard, Oat­ley

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