Riverina sits on ‘solar riches’

LET’S BUILD THEM: Labor senate candidate says solar farms could be a huge source of revenue for the Riverina.

A LaborSenate candidate has claimedit’sa “no-brainer” that government and industryshould be building the solar artillery of the Riverina.

Muttama-based Vivien Thomson, a Senate candidate for NSW, is building momentum after more than 100 locals last week marched on Riverina MP Michael McCormack’s office to coincide with the climate talks in Paris.

Ms Thomson said if Germany can build its solar potential, so too can the Riverina – a place with“some of the best sunshine in the world”.

“The sun is anenergy resource that’s not going away,” she said.“A lot of people around here are already building houses off the grid, pretty soon I think we’ll start to see whole towns off the grid.This is an industry that continues to grow and it’s an industry we can be part of.”

Vivien Thomson.

Ms Thomson pointed to California, which has a rapidly expanding solar industry and vast solar farms, as an example of the Riverina’s potential. Theirsolar industry now employs more than 50,000 people after huge investment.

“I’ve been looking at what California has achieved in all those years and it is phenomenal,” Ms Thomson said.

“The money that is generated out of renewable energy in California is mind-blowing.

“Ican’t understand why we’re not going down that path.”

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