Plug pulled on $12m WA solar project

A $12 million solar power station to be built in Kalgoorlie has been scrapped after the company behind the operation, Solar Systems, could not get federal funding.


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Solar Power seems to be taking a "way back" ranking compared to the digging up of uranium at present. Perhaps solar technology is cost prohibitive and perhaps there is no will politically in WA at present. It is disappointing that these projects don't even raise a whisper in the political and consumer domains. Keep trying, we need sensible alternatives. I've had to shelve a much smaller project here for the same reason. The government would get a return on their half of the investment but I would receive very little with very little prospects of a return in the future. It seems a lot like caveman mentality is in control at present.

Although solar power generation has its place in the scheme of renewable options the main problem remains that it is not economic as a replacement for base load power requirements. I believe that the argument for renewable energy sources should not be one where we prevaricate over which is a better technology or can be more easily funded or even which may be more attractive to the general public. We should have a more pragmatic approach that puts forward the case that there is a wide variety of renewable options available and in reality a mix of renewables based on factors such as geographic location, social requirement, economic resources and environmental necessity is required. If we narrow our scope of approach to renewables too much it is unlikely we will create the political or national will to make the hard decisions in the immediate future.

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