Alinta says 'yes' to solar

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.

Read more in this week's edition of The Transcontinental.

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