Premier Jay Weatherill backs clean energy plans for Port Augusta

CLEAN: South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill threw his support behind a renewable energy future in Port Augusta while in the region last weekend.

CLEAN: South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill threw his support behind a renewable energy future in Port Augusta while in the region last weekend.

STATE Premier Jay Weatherill backed Port Augusta’s move towards building a clean energy industry while in the region last weekend.

He suggested the city’s move from a coal industry to a renewable energy future is a positive one, and backs both solar thermal and wind-powered proposals.

“I think a clean energy future is what the world needs,” Mr Weatherill said.

“Personally, I think [wind turbines] are beautiful, especially when you think about their purpose providing us with a clean-energy future.”

Mr Weatherill also suggested there’s been plenty of interest in Port Augusta-based activity from international renewable energy companies.

“SolarReserve are not the only large-scale solar producer that’s bid into that project,” Mr Weatherill said.