ENERGY PLAN: Greens candidate for Blair Clare Rudkin.
ENERGY PLAN: Greens candidate for Blair Clare Rudkin. Rob Williams

Solar, wind and hydro plan to keep the lights on

GREENS candidate for Blair Clare Rudkin insists that putting funding into renewable energy is a must in order to combat climate change.

Ms Rudkin, a tutor in vet science at the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland, said the Greens had "well thought out, sensible and costed policies".

Ms Rudkin said phasing out coal and gas was a must because they were "yesterday's fuels".

"What we should be doing is moving to clean energy as fast as possible.

"There is a group called Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), a group of scientists and technologists, who have worked out a way of putting in a solar thermal grid. By having a grid throughout Australia we can get a continual supply of electricity."

BZE has worked on what is known as the Stationary Energy Plan.

"Together with solar thermal, wind, small scale solar and hydroelectricity, we can ensure a secure supply of clean energy year round," Ms Rudkin said.

"Biomass is stored at the solar thermal plants for contingency for times when (we are) short of wind and sun. The grid was carefully worked out by measuring the best sites for the wind and solar plants."



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