NEXT STEP TAKEN IN SOLAR THERMAL DEVELOPMENT
Posted on Wednesday, 24 May, 2017
Federal Member for Grey Rowan
Ramsey said he is pleased Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has
announced the Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency
(ARENA), has progressed the development of a solar thermal plant at Port
“This announcement is the next
step in bringing solar thermal to Port Augusta and confirms the Government’s
Budget commitment to make $110 million available for an equity investment to
accelerate and secure delivery of a solar plant at Port Augusta,” he said.
“Any stories circulating
suggesting that this facility may go elsewhere are false, the Government’s
commitment is to Port Augusta.
“ARENA has today requested
information from prospective industry participants on the costs and benefits of
Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST).
“This information will help ARENA
and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to determine the scope and
focus of government assistance for the deployment of CST in Australia.
“The Government does not have a
preferred technology and quite rightly will be directed by the advice provided by
ARENA and the CEFC.”
Mr Ramsey said he visited the SolarReserve
solar thermal project in Nevada which was very impressive.
“Certainly they have the runs on
the board with a fully operational unit,” he said.
“I also have great respect and
interest in the Australian developed technology as promoted by Solastor which
is using graphite block technology.
“There may be some advantage to
optimising Australia’s manufacturing capacity by backing the Australian
“But like the Minister, I will be
guided by the advice we receive.”
ARENA is expected to call for
funding applications for investment in a CST plant by the end of this year.
Contact; Leonie Lloyd-Smith 02 62774967 Canberra 08 8633 1744 Port Pirie