As at previous festivals, we had a model solar power plant on display which attracted a lot of attention. This allowed us to explain to the general public how modern solar power plants store energy using molten salt, so they can provide electricity even when the sun doesn’t shine. You don’t need coal or gas to provide base load power.
In fact, we could convert all our electricity supply to renewables in 10 years time, without going poor or sitting in the dark (details).
We ran a survey for the Let’s Build Big Solar campaign, asking people whether they think big solar power plants should be built in Australia. The results:
54% of respondents wasn’t aware that other countries already use large scale solar power plants.
94% thought that we should use them in Australia as well.
98% were in favour of government support to get large scale solar power plants going.
Thanks to Terry, Billie, Kirsty, Julian and Matt for making it all happen!