Pop-up booth on Tassie Street

SOLAR THERMAL: Director of Development Daniel Thompson sets up a booth on Tassie Street with his Solar Reserve team.
SOLAR THERMAL: Director of Development Daniel Thompson sets up a booth on Tassie Street with his Solar Reserve team.

A pop-up booth on Tassie street run by the Solar Reserve team gave locals a chance to interact and ask questions about the upcoming solar thermal project.

The projected start date of Aurora remains in February of 2018 and as construction phase looms, locals took the opportunity to meet the crew.

Director of Development Daniel Thompson said it is important for Solar Reserve to keep the community updated with where the project is at.

“We are conscious that there is a lot of activity happening at the moment and it is easy to get distracted on getting the project to financial close and to construction, but we recognise at the same time that the community has questions that need to be answered,” he said.

“There’s a lot of good information that we can impart so we are keen to make sure that’s a key part of it – that’s a big part of the reason that we are looking to engage someone in town so that there is a local person that they can come and talk to.”

Employment and economic impact seem to be at the forefront of most minds and were a recurrent theme in conversation throughout the day.

“We are going to have a lot of people on site during the construction phase and also a lot of people who will be employed for the operation and maintenance phase,” Mr Thompson said.

Solar Reserve have also announced plans to open an office in Port Augusta before the end of the year and are currently searching for a suitable location.