Country MP welcomes green energy projects

ENERGY: State Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan in front of land that will soon become the Reach Solar's 300 Megawatt Solar Farm.

ENERGY: State Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan in front of land that will soon become the Reach Solar's 300 Megawatt Solar Farm.

Port Augusta looks set to continue its tradition of generating energy – not with coal, but with solar and wind power.

Over the last month, Port Augusta has been the centre of numerous renewable energy announcements, including Reach Solar’s Bungala and Nexis Energy’s projects receiving financial close.

If new manufacturing facilities are required to support these developments then there’s no reason why the factories can’t be in the Upper Spencer Gulf also - State Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan

The two projects will start construction within 8-12 months and will inject up to 550 jobs during the construction phase.

And state Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan has welcomed the positive news.

“I welcome all positive development announcements for Port Augusta and especially those which have the potential to create new jobs both during construction and ongoing operation,” he said.

“ ... The benefits must be shared with all people in the community who are prepared to work.

“Port Augusta is the most logical place in the nation for new renewable energy projects to be developed and so that our electricity grid is not destabilised any further we must ensure that they include grid scale storage ...”

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