Calls to build solar future

The Lismore Climate Action Group launching their campaign for Big Solar on Monday.
The Lismore Climate Action Group launching their campaign for Big Solar on Monday.

Tom Driftwood said baseload electricity production from large-scale solar plants is not just possible but already happening - although bizarrely, not on the world's sunniest continent.

Tom and other members of the Lismore Climate Action Group donned hard hats and strapped on tool belts on Monday to launch Big Solar - a new campaign from 100% Renewable Energy designed to show the government that people are ready to build big solar.

They are calling on Page MP Janelle Saffin to get behind a new $10 billion fund for renewable energy - the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. They are waiting for a reply from her office.

Tom explained that in Spain and parts of the USA large scale solar panel 'farms' have been built along with concentrating solar thermal plants, where hundreds of mirrors channel sunlight into towers and the heat is stored in molten salt. He said the exciting thing about the 'power towers' was electricity could be produced around the clock.

"One of the key advantages is the 24-hour operation, whereas with panels when the sun goes down there's no more power," Tom said. "There are a lot of myths out there that need countering and one of them is that solar can't provide baseload power. This is not pie in the sky stuff. It works and is being done elsewhere around the world.

Tom said the federal government is committed to phasing out 2000 megawatts of coal-fired power by the end of 2012 and said the logical thing to do is replace it with solar rather than gas or coal. He said pressure from the constituency is the only way to get action on this.

"Big Solar is about holding our decision makers accountable to the will of Australia."

For more information visit or to join the Lismore Climate Action Group phone Tom on 6689 6297.

Stay Connected

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

Flood appeal funds begin to soak in

Deborah Ray from Music Bizarre receives the first Lismore Flood Appeal allocation from Lismore Flood Appeal Steering Committee Co-chair, Councillor Eddie Lloyd.

Lismore Flood Appeal funds begin to flow to residents and businesses

Opera Australia to sing most popular arias to support NORPA

SING FOR A CAUSE: Opera Australia is coming to Lismore for a fundraiser to benefit NORPA.

Special gala show in Lismore for flood relief

Local Partners

Prince Harry reveals he wanted to leave the royal family

PRINCE Harry has revealed he “wanted out” as a Royal — and instead just wanted to lead an ordinary life.

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix when the new taxes kick in.

The new taxes from July 1 won’t hurt the MPs’ big pay rise

What's on the small screen this week

Ryan Shelton in a scene from True Story with Hamish & Andy.

HAMISH and Andy hear another funny story and Cleverman returns.

Digging down to find Clare

Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, who got her big break on the US TV series Nashville, is touring Australia with her solo album.

After five years on Nashville it’s time to tell her own stories.

TV REVIEW: Offspring season 7 is... fine

Alexander England and Asher Keddie in a scene from season seven of Offspring.

New Offspring won’t be remembered as the best season.

What's on at the cinemas over the school holidays

Tom Holland in a scene from the movie Spider-man: Homecoming.

Escape from reality over the holidays with a trip to the movies.

Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens

The start of Peter Crosby Way at Sippy Downs, the northern access into the Harmony master-planned community at Palmview.

Palmview's $3b master-planned community of Harmony

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

New prison unlocks market growth

Works have begun on the construction of the new Grafton bridge.

Influx of workers for project drives healthy growth in house prices

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!