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Wind/solar for desert town

Hydro Tasmania has secured an $18.4 million grant to fund a project to introduce renewable energy to the remote South Australian opal-mining town of Cooper Pedy. The community of 3,500 relies on diesel generators for energy and Hydro Tasmania will use methods developed on King Island to supply 70 per cent of energy consumption through solar and wind generation. The project has been funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The CEO of Hydro Tasmania, Steve Davy, said: “We’re going to see world-leading Tasmanian innovation and technology used to transform a remote town in the Australian desert into a renewable-energy oasis. Only Hydro Tasmania has demonstrated that unique ability at megawatt scale. Australia and the world are increasingly taking notice.”

5 July 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 173

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