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Solar station given to Central Darling Shire

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015

It’s been over 10 years since Australia’s first solar power station was decommissioned and now it’s been gifted to Central Darling Shire Council.   

The iconic site at White Cliffs has been open to tourists since 2006, with a local resident running tours in conjunction with Council.

The owner of the facility, Essential Energy, has now passed ownership on to Council given its historical importance. 

Council General Manager Michael Boyd said that talks with the company had been ongoing for a number of months before the handover.

He said that the change in ownership would not affect the tourism aspect of the site, but was more a “tidying up of what’s occurred over time.”

“It was originally established as an experimental facility by the Australian National University in 1981 and was the first of its kind in Australia, if not the world,” Mr Boyd said.

“Council thanks Essential Energy for its commitment to the White Cliffs community and appreciation for the tourism opportunity the facility provides.”

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