How plans to run an entire Australian town on solar energy failed miserably.
I came across an interesting article today. It’s from the Reuters news service, is dated November 2007, and has a headline that reads:
Australian town to run on solar power in 2 years
The article says that a sun-drenched town in a remote part of northern Queensland was chosen as the site of a $7 million, 10-megawatt solar thermal power station
as part of a push to make Cloncurry one of the first towns to rely on solar power alone.
The article explained that the station would use 8,000 mirrors in conjunction with graphite blocks (rather than photovoltaic panels) and said the facility was expected to be in operation by early 2010.