The Greens’ plan to have South Australia powered by renewable energy by 2030 is a “recipe for jobs creation”, party leader Richard Di Natale said, according to ABC News.
Mr Di Natale is currently in Adelaide promoting the plan, which would see the state 100 per cent powered by clean energy using wind, solar and solar thermal.
The Greens’ plan would see a $15 billion investment in clean energy in the state, creating between 800 and 1,000 full-time design and construction jobs during the next 15 years, the report said.
“It’s a pathway to more sustainable long-term employment options for people in South Australia,” Mr Di Natale told ABC News.
“Transitioning to clean energy is the key to unlocking South Australia’s economic potential and combating global warming.
“It is a testing time for South Australia. The Whyalla community is facing the possible closure of its major employer, while Port Augusta prepares to close its coal-fired power station.
“Thousands of jobs have been lost in this state, yet our vision for a clean energy future would see this state thrive.”
The Greens’ plan for South Australia revolves around a large-scale solar thermal plant in Port Augusta, which would create 50 ongoing jobs, whiles its wider plan for the nation would see at least 90 per cent of energy being renewably generated by 2030. It would also see the establishment of a $500 million government authority to drive clean energy projects and a transition fund to assist coal workers and communities with the change.
Mr Di Natale said the party’s national blueprint had an ambition of 358 terawatt hours by 2030.
“The key to that plan is acknowledging that we have to increase our supply, not just because of population growth but because there will be widespread electrification of the transport sector,” he said.