Green Power Festival in Port Augusta receives grant

ENERGY: A festival to celebrate Port Augusta's renewable energy focus is set to be held later this year.
ENERGY: A festival to celebrate Port Augusta's renewable energy focus is set to be held later this year.

Port Augusta is set to host a festival to showcase its renewable energy focus after receiving a $20,000 grant from the federal government's Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The first-ever Green Power Festival is expected to take place later this year, celebrating the changing energy market and providing information to the broader community and businesses.

Business Port Augusta Chairperson Darren Sherriff was extremely pleased to obtain the federal grant.

“Our members should and need to be at the forefront of this change," Mr Sherriff said.

"There are many great projects from solar, to wind, to solar thermal, to pumped hydro and so on that are all proposed right here. We need to maximise this both now and in to the future.”

The proposal for the festival was first put forward by Business Port Augusta board member Alan McMahon, who wanted to present Port Augusta's projects and achievements in renewable energy.

Mr Sherriff thanked Mr McMahon for his idea and following it through.

"We as a board were only too happy to endorse and support this concept, as we could see the significant positive outcomes it could deliver to our members," he said.

The third round of the BBRF invested about $185,000 into Port Augusta in both community investment and infrastructure projects.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was pleased that Business Port Augusta was successful in securing funding.

“Port Augusta has become the epicentre of activity in renewable energy in Australia," Mr Ramsey said.

“It is exciting there is such momentum that Business Port Augusta have decided to lever off the wave of enthusiasm to run a festival. It will work to draw even more eyes to the city.”

The festival is expected to include keynote speakers, hands-on activities and the opportunity for community engagement with a number of projects.

Business Port Augusta hopes to run the festival once every two years.