Cobber Pedy is an Opal Mining Town… It is not connected to town Power,
And most of the population live underground to avoid the heat….
It is situated in South Australia and as you can see from the photo is Desert.
However the folks here are mining Opals… of the highest Quality.
It is a pretty town with great Characters and charm…
This has just appeared on the Yahoo news site…
Australia’s largest solar power station is to be built at Coober Pedy, in South Australia’s mid-north, to provide more than 10 per cent of the city’s electricity needs.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the $7.1 million project would feature 26 solar dishes, each one 14 metres high, to produce 1,860 megawatt hours of power each year.
Coober Pedy was chosen because it is not connected to the electricity grid and gets all its power from diesel generators.
The solar power station will cut diesel use in the town by 520,000 litres, saving 1,500 tonnes of greenhouse gases.Mr Garrett described the project as groundbreaking and an example of the federal government’s commitment to a clean energy future.
The federal government will provide $3.55 million for the station with other funding coming from the state government and private industry. South Australian Premier Mike Rann said the project would consolidate the state’s reputation as a leader in renewable energy initiatives.
“It reinforces our willingness to collaborate and invest in practical solutions to climate change in our communities,” Mr Rann said.
“South Australia already provides nearly half of the nation’s wind power, more than 45 per cent of the nation’s grid-connected solar power and is home to more than 80 per cent of all geothermal exploration activity in Australia.”
The new Coober Pedy power station is expected to begin generating electricity by the end of 2009.
I ask the Question Why is it only 10% of the towns power
to remove the need to run Generators at all?
Well done to Federal Government and finally something good from Peter Garrett,
however there is along way to go…..