Solar Thermal is coming to Port Augusta!
Last week we heard the incredible news that Premier Weatherill and the South Australian Government will back solar thermal with storage in Port Augusta! Construction of the 150-megawatt plant will commence next year and is expected to provide 100% of the state government’s energy needs by 2020.
Read the ABC news article here.
This is a massive win for the climate, the local Port Augusta community, and people power! It is the culmination of a strong grassroots campaign over the last seven years, which CLEAN members were at the forefront of.
Back in 2010, inspired by the Beyond Zero Emissions “Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan”, a small group of committed CLEAN members travelled up to Port Augusta to engage the local community around this vision for a renewable future for their town. Over the following years, a number of other groups came on board, forming the Repower Port Augusta Alliance, and a local action group was formed. A diverse range of stakeholders – from local councils, to unions, to environmental groups, worked together to turn this vision into a reality.
Thank you to everyone who has played a part in helping this campaign win – by running stalls, doorknocking, attending rallies, signing petitions, lobbying MPs or talking to friends and family about the issue. Give yourselves a big pat on the back!
Let this win show us that people power can change the world – and combat climate change. We have a long way to go to win the struggle to phase out fossil fuels and transition to 100% renewable energy, but for now, celebrate this win – together, we did it!
Celebrate Winning Solar Thermal for Port Augusta
Saturday 2nd September, 6:30pm
Central Oval, Port Augusta
RSVP via this form
Repower Port Augusta is throwing a party in Port Augusta to celebrate this amazing win for people power and the community. Everyone who has supported the campaign over the years is invited to come along!
It’s going to be a great party and we’ve got a lot to celebrate! We’ll hear stories from some of the key leaders of this campaign throughout the years and it will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
Light food will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. The event is free to attend but donations to cover costs will be appreciated. Please RSVP if you will be attending to assist with catering.
Hope to see you there!