‘World’s biggest solar plant’ for Australia

Worley Parsons, an Australian engineering firm, has announced plans to build what it says would be the world’s biggest solar plant in Australia within three years.

Backed by nine Australian companies, including miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, they have launched a study into finding possible sites to host the $1 billion plant.

The Managing Director of the Worley Parson’s sustainability arm, Peter Meurs, says the project is ambitious.

“Each power station could provide power for 300,000 homes — and our vision is that Australia’s a suitable place for this and we could build up to 34 of these power stations by 2020.

“The ideal location for a thermal solar power station is a desert type location, you want maximum solar with the least cloud cover or interference and our dry desert locations are ideal,” he said.

Green’s Climate Change spokeswoman, Christine Milne says it is a big boost for the renewable energy sector and should be supported by the Federal Government.

“This is really an acknowledgment that clean coal is never going to be achievable and the coal industry itself is leapfrogging clean coal and recognising the power of renewable energy and solar thermal in particular,” she said.

[From ABC News]

Last pre-Olympic snapshot

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Opening ceremonies tomorrow, August 8. This is the view as of 10am, August 7 in the Guomao area of Beijing.

Says James Fallows:

I suspect that a lot of this actually is “mist,” very high humidity, etc.

That is, it can’t be that much more polluted than it was 36 hours ago, when things looked much better, as shown below.

Mainly completing the chronicle, for the record.

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[From The Atlantic]