A light-bulb mo­ment

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

THE an­nounce­ment that So­larRe­serve is com­ing to Queens­land with the plan to build up to six so­lar ther­mal power plants in our very sunny state is won­der­ful news.

In Aus­tralia, we have in­creased our pho­to­voltaic, or roof top so­lar, ten­fold be­tween 2009 and 2011, and quadru­pled in­stal­la­tions be­tween 2011 and 2016, but com­mer­cial so­lar has stalled be­cause of a lack of clear pol­icy di­rec­tion from the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

So­lar ther­mal tech­nol­ogy, as pro­posed by So­larRe­serve, uses a su­per heated salt so­lu­tion to re­lease that heat overnight or on cloudy days, and will pro­vide “base load” power and pro­duce enough elec­tric­ity to power over 500,000 house­holds. The process has zero emis­sion. The project will also pro­vide up to 20,000 Queens­land jobs

dur­ing con­struc­tion, and give Queens­land an eco­nomic boost. This is a much bet­ter idea than a new coal-fired power sta­tion or open­ing new and emis­sions in­ten­sive coal mines such as the Adani coal mine.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment still has to de­cide how to al­lo­cate the $5 bil­lion from the North­ern Aus­tralia In­fra­struc­ture Fund (NAIF).

Sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of new in­dus­tries in re­new­ables, man­u­fac­tur­ing, and en­ergy se­cu­rity with­out de­stroy­ing our Great Bar­rier Reef and the cli­mate - well that seems like a much bet­ter idea.

— Chris­tine Carlisle En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil of

Cen­tral Queens­land

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