The Greens NSW regional renewable energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham last week congratulated AGL and the NSW government on the completion of the Nyngan solar plant, saying this type of project was the best way to power the state and create jobs and economic activity in the regions.
He also congratulated AGL on the announcement of its ‘pathway to decarbonisation’.
‘I’m probably AGL’s number one critic on coal seam gas, but I heartily congratulate the company on building the largest solar plant in the southern hemisphere,’ Mr Buckingham said.
‘This type of project is clearly the way forward for NSW.
‘The Greens welcome AGL’s announcement of their “pathway to decarbonisation of electricity generation”, and believe ditching coal seam gas should be the first step on this pathway.
‘Renewable energy technology has matured to the point where there can be no more excuses not to build solar and wind to rapidly replace the polluting coal-fired power stations.
‘We should be opening a new renewable energy project every few months in NSW, until the state is powered primarily by renewable energy.
‘I encourage the new AGL CEO Mr Vessey to make AGL a leader in renewable energy and abandon the coal seam gas projects that have harmed AGL’s corporate reputation.
‘I know NSW resources and energy minister Anthony Roberts is a supporter of solar.
‘The test is whether he will implement policies that see NSW become a solar power house.
‘It is a disgrace that the Abbott government has deliberately undermined a sector that has massive growth prospects and can replace mining as a key driver of regional economies.’