The White Cliffs Project: Conserving Australia’s Engineering Heritage

Graeme Hanigan, Secretary of White Cliffs Solar Thermal Power Station Friends Inc, explains how he became involved in efforts to preserve the disused site of the world’s first commercial solar power station. From 1981 to 1997, 14 parabolic dishes covered in thousands of mirrors harnessed the sun, generating power for the small outback town of White Cliffs in Western NSW. Graeme gives us the history of the project and how various technical and logistical hurdles were overcome. The conservation project recently received a government grant of almost $60,000 to fund repair and restoration works to ensure this important part of our engineering heritage is preserved for future generations.

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