30 Jan '17, 9am

#solar Western Australia Labor pushes for solar, pumped hydro for coal-town Collie

#solar Western Australia Labor pushes for solar, pumped hydro for coal-town Collie

That, at least, is the plan of the front-running Western Australian Opposition Labor party, which has pledged $30 million towards a biomass plant and $30 million to develop a solar farm in the town, in its pitch to voters ahead of the forthcoming state election. As part of a wider suite of tourism, transport and community funding initiatives, the WA Labor party has proposed developing renewable energy generation facilities in and around Collie. Around 200km south-east of Perth, Collie is home to a large chunk of the state’s generation capacity. WA state-owned utility Synergy operates the ageing, heavily polluting 1,094MW Muja power plant and the 340MW Collie plants near to the town, both of which feed coal-fired electricity into the SWIS network. The coal is sourced from nearby mines. RenewEconomy understands that the average cost of generation at the sites is around $40/M...

Full article: https://www.pv-magazine.com/2017/01/30/western-australia-...

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