News

Golden opportunity

Lorraine (left) and Noel Bird with Kirsten Kennedy.
Lorraine (left) and Noel Bird with Kirsten Kennedy. Geoff Potter

ACCORDING to Noosa green energy exponents like Noel Bird of Boreen Point, the answer to Australia's sustainable power needs is glaringly obvious.

We have to go solar - not just on top of our own home - but in a big way - the bigger the better.

Mr Bird was at the Noosa Parks Association environment centre last Friday with Kirsten Kennedy, the Brisbane regional director of the 100% Renewable Campaign for the Big Solar launch.

Mr Bird and Ms Kennedy claim the next five years are crucial for Australia - including Noosa and the Sunshine Coast - to buy into solar generation or miss out on major economic benefits.

The Big Solar push for major solar plants will visit Pomona and Cooroy as well to win popular and political support to have the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation finance significant large-scale solar energy projects in Australia.

Much has been made of the fact that, as the sunniest continent in the world, Australia is being left behind in creating large-scale plants, such as the 20mw solar thermal generator in Spain.

"It is the first in the world to produce continuous 24-hour power, with molten salt maintaining the heat that drives the turbine," Mr Bird said.

"There's been a lot of developments in Europe and North Africa and Germany is making about a $15 billion investment to get enough solar power to satisfy 15% of its energy needs."

Ms Kennedy said last year in December Germany in one week alone installed 250,000mw of solar PV panels.

"One plant in Nevada has three lots of 110mw, while China is building a 550mw solar plant, the biggest in the world."

They said the technology is available and all that needed is the political will.

There are signs of hope with the Sunshine Coast Council approving the construction of a 10mw solar PV project at Valdora in former cane fields, while a further 3mw solar PV farm is planned for Cootharaba.

Ms Kennedy said without public support, the $10 billion funding available to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation might be frittered away on meaningless projects such as clean coal, coal-seam gas and carbon capture and storage.

Mr Bird said the Member for Wide Bay WarrenTruss has promised to take their funding message to Canberra.

He said Noosa Councillor Lew Brennan has also come onboard and is keen to support Valdora and any other feasible solar project to help stimulate the Sunshine Coast economy.

Topics:  green energy noosa


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Just add some heavenly ingredients

LOAVES MADE WITH SUNSHINE: Catherine Wray with staff member Alana Demetriou.

Fresh bread with added sunshine

A farewell to Garth

Garth Madill addressed the 250-strong  public celebration of the life of Garth Prowd

Community farewells Garth Prowd

Hot and dry conditions spark weekend infernos

DESTRUCTION: A fire at Noosa North Shore destroyed three houses and damaged two others.

Noosa was ablaze with at least three separate fires at the weekend

Local Partners

Speak up for road safety this week

Emergency services are encouraging community groups to get involved with Road Safety Week this week to advocate responsible driving and awareness.

Painting a brighter future for koalas

WORTH SAVING: The Queensland Koala Crusaders' Community Crowdfunding Campaign aims to raise $30,000 towards the cost of planting 10,000 trees for koalas.

Queensland Koala Crusaders have launched a crowdfunding campaign

REVEALED: Liam Gallagher is coming to Falls Festival

English musician, singer, and songwriter, former lead singer of the rock band Oasis, Liam Gallagher performs during his concert at National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, China, 10 August 2017.

He revealed the news ahead of the official line up announcement

GoT's mind-blowing dragon theory

THE shock ending to Game of Thrones’ latest episode divided fans, but a theory about the show’s dragons could explain it.

Massive talent from little folk on show in Little Big Shots

Shane Jacobson hosts Little Big Shots.

Shane Jacobson has as much fun as his guests in new talent show.

‘I’m pissed off’: Bachelorette finally loses it

Matty is made take Elise on a date by her dad.

UNREST is brewing in the Bachelor mansion.

What's on the big screen this week

Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Cruise in a scene from American Made.

TOM Cruise is flying high in Doug Liman's drug drama American Made.

Bride and Prejudice's Chris reveals more family heartache

Grant and Chris feature on the TV series Bride & Prejudice. Supplied by Channel 7.

His dad’s health has dealt a massive blow to their happy life

Nicole's ready to bust out of Doctor Doctor's love triangle

Nicole da Silva stars in season two of Doctor Doctor.

New season gets a fresh injection of relationship dilemmas.

In the heart of Mooloolaba

Stand out from the rest.

Open for inspection homes August 24 - 30

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Rapid rise in growth for the Sunshine Coast

Coast transforms from beach culture to sustainable community

Outstanding location and size

Character home on 690sq m with medium density zoning near the river

Strangers restore home after trashed by drug-addicts

Strangers restore home.

A Towoomba man was facing the prospect of never renting again

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!