Solar power hopeful says Pilbara’s potential ignored

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Green power hopeful Pilbara Solar has questioned a national report on Australia’s energy future, claiming it failed to recognise WA’s solar-rich regions.

A report last month by the Australian Energy Market Operator to the Council of Australian Governments claimed coal-fired power plants would still deliver the cheapest electricity for the next 20 years.

Pilbara Solar director Richard Finlay-Jones said the report did not recognise energy-intensive regions such as the Pilbara.

“With the right support from all levels of government, the Pilbara has the potential to become a 100 per cent renewable, zero emissions zone within a decade,” he said.

“Renewable energy deployment has been driving down the wholesale price of power, and wind and solar energy is now cheaper than coal and diesel.

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“The AEMO report to COAG actually states that Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates about 90 per cent of the $88bn forecast spent on adding power capacity in Australia will be outlaid on clean energy.”

Mr Finlay-Jones said current investment in renewable energy had never been stronger in Australia, and the power source never cheaper.

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