The community of Port Augusta, today's stop in
Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne's
rural tour, is behind a push to replace its coal fired
power stations with world-leading solar thermal power,
enabled by the price on pollution, contracts for closure of
coal fired power stations, and the Clean Energy Finance
Senator Milne is today meeting Port Augusta Mayor, Joy
Baluch, and members of the Repower Port Augusta community
"This is a clear good news story from the Clean Energy
Act," Senator Milne said.
"It was a privilege to meet a mayor and community
looking to seize the benefits of building a clean energy
economy, bringing change for the better in Port Augusta.
"The Port Augusta community has seen the impact on
their health of having old, dirty power stations on their
doorstep, and they know that building solar power will not
only clean the air and cut the pollution that drives global
warming, but it will also create more jobs in region.
"Port Augusta has double the incidence of lung cancer
of South Australia as a whole.
"Doctors for the Environment have 'prescribed'
solar power for Port Augusta as a way to cut the terrible
incidence of respiratory illnesses.
"The Clean Energy Act will support repowering Port
Augusta through not only putting a price on pollution but
also buying out old coal fired power stations that are
ready to close and supporting building big solar power
stations through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
"The CEFC will assist the business case for this
initiative, but the Federal and South Australian
governments will need to come on board to support it."
China quadruples solar target
"Just as Australia finally puts a price on pollution,
China is powering ahead quadrupling its target for solar
power to an astonishing 21 gigawatts by 2015. If we
don't start to build a clean energy economy in
Australia, we'll be left behind swiftly."