Renewable Energy may Crown an Australian Parliament

Discussions have started to see if Parliament House in the state of New South Wales could become a showcase for renewable energy by installing a solar or wind energy facility on its roof.

SYDNEY, New South Walves, AU, 2001-09-10 [SolarAccess.com] If feasible, such a project could become a landmark icon to demonstrate the state’s commitment to the environment, as well as save money and act as an educational tool, says energy minister Kim Yeadon. The NSW government will invest AU$3.5 million to find new ways of generating green energy under its Renewables Investment Program, which has already spent $6.2 million to kick-start new enterprises that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program fosters investment in NSW and increases the 11,000 full time jobs already working in the country’s renewables industry. Among seven projects launched recently by Yeadon is the largest dish-powered solar generator in the world. Forty-two dishes the size of drive-in movie screens are planned for the outskirts of the city of Broken Hill, which Yeadon describes as an exciting project using the latest in solar technology producing the cheapest electricity of its kind. During the 30 year operating life of the project, 60,000 tonnes of GHG emissions would be avoided. The latest round of funding from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority represents the state’s largest investment in emerging green energy.

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