The energy company, Alinta, has abandoned plans to establish a solar-thermal plant in Port Augusta following the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's rejection of Alinta's application to fund a feasibility study into establishing the solar-thermal plant.

As we reported a year ago, Alinta had been planning to close the 240 megawatt Playford B coal-fired power station in Port Augusta. The 520 megawatt Northern coal-fired power station, also in Port Augusta, had been expected to be operated for only six months a year.

Alinta announced plans to convert the two coal-fired power stations to solar thermal technology.

Alinta now says it will look for renewable energy sources other than solar-thermal technology to complement its two coal-fired stations at Port Augusta.