Special report: Why did Whyalla solar fall over?

The saga behind the failure of the Whyalla solar thermal project is like a tragic comedy played out over nearly a decade. It's like a combination of Hollowmen and Yes Minister all rolled into one.

On Friday Climate Spectator reported that a government agency (ARENA) had withdrawn $60 million in funding for a solar thermal mirror dish project planned for Whyalla in South Australia called Solar Oasis. This project planned to employ a technology held by a small company called Wizard Power, which is now in administration.

According to the government, they withdrew funding because the proponent had failed to demonstrate timely progress on a range of measures necessary for the project to proceed to construction.


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