Who We Are
The Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association (AUSTELA) was formed on 31 January 2011 as the industry body solely dedicated to solar thermal energy generation in Australia.
AUSTELA assists energy sector policy-makers, investors, analysts, commentators and the Australian community, to better understand the benefits of large-scale solar thermal power generation; output to meet peak electricity demand, dispatchable power with no carbon emissions, cost-efficient energy storage, and the ability to operate in hybrid configuration with biomass, geothermal and fossil fuels.
AUSTELA’S objectives are to increase opportunities for solar thermal power development in Australia by:
- Presenting well informed insights to policy-makers and investment decision-makers on the economic and operational benefits of large- scale solar thermal power generation;
- Improving confidence in solar thermal power technologies, drawing on international data and experience;
- Informing transmission system design and investment rules to lead to a network structure that provides the best possible opportunities for large-scale solar thermal power supply at the lowest possible cost;
- Ensuring an appropriate allocation of Government funds is directed to solar thermal power projects, particularly increased demonstration funding;
- Enhancing access for Australian researchers and policy-makers to leading global research and experience in solar thermal power technology and project development, and
- Establishing the platform for a strong and dynamic solar thermal energy industry in Australia, delivering value within Australia’s energy system and competing in the international market for solar thermal power.
AUSTELA works collaboratively with major solar, clean energy, research and other bodies, and with government agencies, to promote the benefits of, and improve the investment environment for, solar thermal power generation in Australia.