The Australian Greens have called for government investment to kick-start a solar thermal plant at Port Augusta to replace the two power stations slated for closure.
Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Senator Penny Wright said jobs in the renewable energy sector could replace those expected to be lost in Port Augusta.
"Although the closure of the power stations was inevitable, it will hit the community very hard. This just makes it even clearer that the future has to be renewable," Senator Wright said.
"If the private sector is not quite ready to make the transition, it's time for all governments to step up and take the lead to make solar thermal happen at Port Augusta.
"Solar thermal will keep jobs in Port Augusta, improve the health of the community and uniquely position the town for the future.
"Other South Australian jobs could also flow from the manufacture of the components needed for the solar thermal plant."
"We need to see all levels of government working together to protect jobs and build a healthier, cleaner future for South Australia."