UPDATE. Thanks to Steve trickler in comments, a piece from Jo Nova on the hype and misinformation put about two years ago when this project was mooted. The writing was on the wall when you looked at the pathetic performance of the SolarReserve plant in the US.
A company called SolarReserve is planning to build the new Aurora 150MW solar thermal plant at Port Augusta, which is apparently a copy of their Crescent Dunes plant in the US. But that project has been offline for most of the time since last October.
A comment from Jo Nova on the axing of this project and the interconnector that the SA Labor leader thinks is bring dirty brown coal power from NSW. (actually the brown coal is in Victoria).
That interconnector is a $1.5 billion project that will allow South Australia’s erratic electricity to help destroy baseload power in New South Wales just like it did in Victoria. Electricity prices are predicted to fall, but SA already has one interconnector to Victoria and prices have only gone up everywhere within 1,000km of that.
It takes big national planning to make big problems. Indeed, without the Heywood interconnector SA couldn’t have managed a state-wide blackout in 2016.
In the real economy, $1,500 million dollars buys a lot of electricity, or 6 gas fired plants, or most of one large advanced coal plant that could produce 2000MW of cheap electricity for 50 years (or indefinitely, as long we keep the maintenance going).
Kids are running the country.
A small item on page 31 of The Weekend Australian reports that the US SolarReserve proposal to build a 150MW solar thermal plant near Port Augusta has not attracted enough investors to back up the $110M of federal funds that Nick Xenephon (Nick who?) extracted in return for his support of company tax cuts.
SA Labor leader Peter Malinauskas blamed the plan to build an interconnector with NSW. “They are prioritizing NSW dirty brown coal over SA renewable energy.” As Jay Weatherall said last year “Port Augusta is a symbol of South Australia’s transition from old to new”.