Over the last two years we have been supporting the Port Augusta community’s campaign to replace their ageing coal-fired power stations with Australia’s first concentrated solar thermal plant with storage. We are part of the Repower Port Augusta Alliance, an alliance that includes the council, community health groups, unions and environmental NGOs.
Port Augusta represents the intersection of the fight for a safe climate and the need to support coal communities transition to a clean renewable future. In addition, replacing the coal stations with solar thermal will provide local jobs and the opportunity to move the community to a healthier future away from coal dust which has increased the rate of lung cancer in Port Augusta to twice the national average.
We know that we need to move Australia to 100% renewable energy to solve the climate crisis – Port Augusta is the perfect place to start.