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Government must take the lead in Port Augusta solar thermal push

Media Release
Penny Wright 1 Apr 2015

The Australian Greens have called for an increased commitment to renewable energy from all levels of government in light of Alinta Energy's determination that a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta remains unfeasible at this stage.

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Senator Penny Wright said South Australians overwhelmingly wanted renewable energy to replace dirty coal power.

"The future is renewable - there is no doubt about that," Senator Wright said. "It's time for all governments to step up and take the leader 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.

"The federal uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target needs to end, and we want all levels of governments to start working together to protect jobs and build a healthier, cleaner future for South Australia.

"Today's statement from Alinta will be a huge blow to the Port Augusta community, who have been campaigning for a base-load solar thermal power station for years.

"However, Alinta have said they will keep investigating emerging technologies, so I know the community will not give up the fight and the Australian Greens will be with them every step of the way."

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