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Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

AC­CORD­ING to Cli­mate In­sti­tute mod­el­ling, Queens­land has the potential to sup­ply the elec­tri­cal needs of four mil­lion homes from so­lar en­ergy and to em­ploy 7000 in the so­lar en­ergy sec­tor, many in the north­ern and cen­tral ar­eas of the state.

So­lar en­ergy has be­come the cheap­est means of cre­at­ing elec­tric­ity and is of course com­pletely free of car­bon emis­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to Bob Kat­ter there are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of suit­able sites to cre­ate hy­dro­elec­tric­ity dur­ing the day­time to sup­ply those homes when the sun doesn’t shine.

Andrew Stock from the Cli­mate Coun­cil tells us that $1.6 bil­lion worth of re­new­able en­ergy projects are cur­rently be­ing built in Queens­land.

Our coal-fired power sta­tions are cur­rently work­ing at be­tween 50 and 60 per cent. Just what is there to ar­gue about? — Peter Harling, Rior­dan­vale

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