#Solar thermal for South Australia? @takvera reporting on #solar4PtAugusta

Solar Reserve has a plan to build a solar thermal power station with storage at Port Augusta which would diversify South Australian electricity generation, bringing jobs and solar innovation to the state. The Aurora project as envisaged by Solar Reserve will create 1,000 construction jobs and 4,000 flow on jobs, with up to 50 ongoing jobs in managing and maintenance of the power station. In response from a question, the CEO of Solar Reserve said that there is also potential to manufacture the heliostats (big mirrors) in the region. He estimated about 60 percent content used in the Port Augusta project may come from local suppliers. Shadow Energy Minister Dan […]

Those solar powered, champagne sipping, latte drinkers: @Qldaah #qldpol

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has labeled people who took advantage of the Bligh Government’s solar rebate scheme as “champagne sippers” and being part of the “latte set”. In another “blame Labor” session of question time in the Queensland parliament, Nicholls turned on solar households labeling the scheme “middle class welfare”. In response to an interjection by Premier Campbell Newman, Nicholls blamed Labor for the cost of the feed-in tariff component. “So those people who were doing it toughest and who did not have the money to be able to put solar panels on were paying for the middle class welfare that Labor was putting out there for the champagne sippers […]