The potential for solar here has been largely unrecognised until …

Comment on Is Rock getting solar power at price of fossil? by Trevor Shiell.

The potential for solar here has been largely unrecognised until recently with the Repower Alice movement.
Nyngen in NSW has the largest solar array in the country but SA is not far behind, but we have more intense solar energy than any of them.
As reported recently in The Advertiser, the Empire of the Sun project in SA has a display measuring 3.2 by 1.8 km, heading to 60,000 panels to power 90,000 + houses in the Eastern states, with hi tech batteries.
We too could also have been a net exporter of solar power had we seen the signs earlier, and planned for it.
Ultimately, the SA aim is to power 450,000 homes through batteries.
A Singapore based facility near Tailem Bend has similar facility. Alkinos in WA powers a whole subdivision with solar and batteries.
This was the initiative of a major land development company, with minimum government involvement, as appears to have happened at Yulara.
Now I look at Kilgarif and sigh.
Lismore has its solar panels on the sewerage ponds, and many of these schemes do not rely heavily on government intervention. There are so many precedents to follow, but so far hardly recognised.
Again few people have recognised the need for enough power and infrastructure to re-fuel the thousands of EV vehicles heading this way – including battery powered trucks.
The time to plan for this was three years ago. And be prepared for wi-fi electricity distribution rather that the copper conductors. It too is coming.

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No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
On my way past the canal development aka ASRI recently I spotted a large dust cloud off to the north along a series of new fences.
Could it be that earthworks have already started on a new detention facility there without them telling anyone?
No. They would never do anything like that would they?
Come to think of it remember the first we heard of Kigarrif was a brief note from Paul Henderson as Chief Minister that the government had allocated $10m for head works just before an election. But governments don’t do things like that behind our backs, do they?


Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370
Apart from the rare earths component, of which China has about 97% of the worlds supply, we are due to run out of phosphate within 20 years and potash perhaps before that.
To see the veracity of these reports look at the website of Parkway minerals and their ASX notices.
There is a graph sourced from Forbes Investment Services which shows the gravity of the looming fertiliser shortage.
In addition to this, we will likely be importing phosphate from Algeria with all the political instability that that may involve.
We so have our heads in the sand.
There is also an interesting development with Northern Minerals an the world situation and competition for rare earths and their implications with defence and the production of weaponry, particularly in the USA.
To protect ourselves we should be going hell bent developed plant varieties with lower nutrient requirements but we prefer to build drag strips and sports pavilions rather than research into food production.
Both the Chinese and Indian authorities recognised this long ago, but we are slow learners.
PS: I have a vested interest in all three companies having purchased shares for my grand children 10 years ago.


Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?
In the mid 60s a friend made a lot of money through fox skins which were in high demand in Europe.
He eventually built a unit on the Gold Coast with the profits. Sadly, the animal rights people objected, the bottom fell out of the skin market and our native animals have been suffering ever since.
The way he did it was to find a female in season, shoot it, tow it behind his ute for a long distance, then shoot the foxes that followed the pheromone trail.
He got literally hundreds.
Those of us that have heard dingoes behave in the same way can testify that it works.
I have seen the same thing happening with large mobs of feral camels and I wonder why we use expensive helicopters.
The biggest mob I have ever seen was north of Lake Eyre and contained perhaps 1000 animals.
I also wonder why this approach is not used on other species and who if anyone is doing the research to utilise their natural mating behaviour to control their numbers.
I also often wonder why the CRC for invasive animal control is based in Tasmania.
We have more invasive species here than they do and I wonder if anyone has attempted to get them to relocate here, or is that just another thing that politicians are bit ignorant of and don’t see the possibilities?


Four charter flights from Japan to Alice Springs
Arissu Supuringsu Ni yokoso!!! It should have been an international port of arrival and international freight distribution centre years ago in conjunction with a dedicated technical development park exporting technology based on what we do best (solar) 40 years ago.
This was the basis of a plan put by INratril, the then owners, to Government, but ignored.
The future of the town is still south of The Gap and it will happen by attrition whether we like it or not.
We had the same opportunity based on arid land food production but houses got in the way.


Government-made dust bowl: What comes next
That’s not the issue. It should never have happened in the first place.


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