Special report part 2: Why Whyalla solar fell over

Politicians desire for big impressive announcements and projects collided with public servants urge to avoid mistakes at any cost to set-up Whyalla Solar Oasis for failure.

Yesterday in part 1 of this special report, it was explained that government involvement in the Whyalla solar thermal project extended back well before they allocated – and then subsequently recently withdrew – $60 million in funding via the Renewable Energy Development Program (REDP). 

Where we left off was in 2009. ANU and Wizard Power’s first prototype solar dish had been built at ANU and underwent on-sun testing in June that illustrated the technology had great promise.


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