Residents in the South Australian outback town of Innamincka, will soon be the recipients of emission free electricity – and they’re going to get it for free. Residents, who currently get their power supply from expensive diesel generators, will be able to switch them off when they receive the trial gift of geothermal technology, according to this ABC article.
Geodynamics is the company that will provide the towns 12 lucky residents with the power at no cost, while they prove that geothermal power will indeed work. They have started the drilling in the middle of the desert, and it is anticipated that a one-megawatt power plant will be up and running by the end of the year.
The goal is to have around 90 geothermal wells operating to produce enough electricity to power around half of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide by the year 2016.
Although the company has yet to prove the technology’s sustainability and overcome the huge costs associated with it, I think it’s a great step forward in the search for some alternative sources of energy. I hope this proves worthy to pursue, because the generation of emission free energy will go a long way in soothing the nerves of Mother Nature and global warming.