Don't waste solar energy on coal

The plan to repower Port Augusta with solar thermal will amount to greenwashing if it just retrofits a solar water pre-heater onto a predominantly coal-fired power station.

Port Augusta is the ideal location in South Australia for a solar thermal power plant, due to its very good direct annual solar radiation and its proximity to a strong piece of grid infrastructure that services the old lignite burning power plants that are located there, owned by Alinta.

There has been a campaign for some time to repower Port Augusta, after the town was named as one of 12 key power generation sites in the Zero Carbon Australia stationary energy plan.

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