Renewable potential back on the agenda

Hydrogen Utility (H2U) chief executive officer Attilio Pigneri.

Hydrogen Utility (H2U) chief executive officer Attilio Pigneri.

Eyre Peninsula’s energy potential was again highlighted as part of the SALT Festival’s In the Zone Energy Summit in Port Lincoln earlier this week.

One of Australia’s leading climate change authorities, economist Ross Garnaut, who was unable to attend this year’s summit, has spoken before in Port Lincoln about the opportunity for South Australia and Eyre Peninsula in particular to become a national and international leader in the new low carbon economy.

This year it was Hydrogen Utility (H2U) chief executive officer Attilio Pigneri (pictured) spruiking the region’s potential as a renewable energy exporter and his company is putting its money where its mouth is with plans for a $117-million green hydrogen facility near Port Lincoln.

Zen Energy founder Richard Turner echoed his comments talking about the number of countries looking to buy hydrogen from places like Australia.

With the largest hydrogen facility in the world soon to be built on our doorstep that should be a good thing for the city.

One of the key outcomes from the summit was a plan to develop a strategy for renewable opportunities to create awareness in the community and to fast-track development of the region as a renewable energy zone.

This action will be a crucial next step in turning the talk into something tangible that will provide a welcome economic boost for the region.

And going by the number of people who packed the room for the event the job of creating community awareness is already well underway.

Street Art Festival buzz

Still on the topic of energy – albeit in a different form – the buzz around Tumby Bay at  the weekend during the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival was palpable.

The Colour Tumby committee behind the festival has certainly achieved a lot in a very short space of time – an even shorter timeframe than the committee members themselves initially thought possible.

The Fund My Neighbourhood money for the silo art project meant money already raised could go toward the longer-term festival plan, bringing it to fruition at almost the same time.

Congratulations to the organisers, the artists and those in the community who got on board to support these colourful projects which should see benefits flowing to local businesses into the future.