Alinta says 'yes' to solar

VISIT: Alinta Energy chief executive officer Jeff Dimery was in Port Augusta last week speaking to staff, council and members of the business sector.
VISIT: Alinta Energy chief executive officer Jeff Dimery was in Port Augusta last week speaking to staff, council and members of the business sector.

In his visit to Port Augusta last week, Alinta Energy chief executive officer Jeff Dimery said the company is looking towards using zero-emission technology in the future.

Alinta has been assessing the opportunity to build and operate a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta, and the company is currently in the pre-feasibility stage.

“Is it possible? The answer to that is yes,” Mr Dimery said of the project.

The solar thermal plant, which is in Alinta’s five-year plan, would not replace Northern power station, but work in conjunction with the coal-fired plant.

However while a solar thermal plant could be in Port Augusta’s future, there are setbacks.

“The difficulty with a project of that nature is whilst it’s possible it’s not commercial,” Mr Dimery said.

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