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WA’s Goldfields could be a renewable energy world leader under Greens plan

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 23 Jul 2013

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam was in Kalgoorlie today convening a meeting of business and industry leaders to plan the Goldfields' renewable energy future.

Senator Ludlam organised the meeting with leading American solar energy company SolarReserve, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the local Chamber of Minerals and Energy, and other interested parties.

"Earlier this month the Australian Greens launched the Connecting Clean Energy plan to create special zones to help communities become world leaders in renewable energy, boosting regional jobs and investment while also delivering clean power and putting downward pressure on electricity prices. It is a perfect fit for the Goldfields," said Senator Ludlam.

"The community and business sector in the Goldfields are showing they are ready to take the leadership on solar energy. Research shows the Goldfields has the best resource in this State, and it has the connector line going back to Perth. We had a great response from locals when we came to Kalgoorlie in February and it's very important we keep up the momentum.

"The Greens ‘Energy 2029' report shows how Western Australia's power needs can be met by 100% renewable energy by 2029. In the Connecting Clean Energy plan, we propose a national task force to identify and create the new Renewable Energy Zones to help remove investment and infrastructure barriers.

"Large scale renewable energy projects such as solar thermal plants that can deliver electricity 24/7 will deliver the economies of scale necessary to bring down costs. Recent modelling by Sinclair Knight Merz showed that customers in Australia are on average likely to have a price reduction over the period to 2020 as a result of the Large Scale Renewable Energy Target," said Senator Ludlam.

The Greens' Connecting Clean Energy plan would allocate $2 billion to a new Connecting Clean Energy Task Group in the Department of Energy.

Connecting Clean Energy: http://greensmps.org.au/sites/default/files/connecting_clean_energy.pdf

Solar Goldfields: http://www.greenswa.net.au/sites/default/files/pdfs/solargoldfieldsleafl...

SolarReserve: http://www.solarreserve.com/

Energy 2029: http://www.greenswa.net.au/sites/default/files/pdfs/GREENS_EnergyReport_...

 

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