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Whitsunday Regional Councillors will meet with Marc Talloen, the owner of a $135,000 Tesla S85 electric car on his return trip through Airlie Beach on Friday.
With a range of 400km on a full charge, Marc and his wife have driven the Tesla all the way from their home in southeast Queensland to Cape Tribulation and are stopping in Airlie Beach to recharge their vehicle.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said with an environmental background in waste water engineering and agriculture, Marc is passionate about promoting the positives of electric cars and renewable energy.
“Council commends Marc’s mission to promote electric cars as a viable means of environmentally friendly transport and the way of the future,” Cr Willcox said.
“A large majority of their journey has also been undertaken on solar energy showing the various ways to charge the vehicle. It is a great example of renewable alternatives available to consumers,” he said.
“We look forward to meeting Marc and of course having a look at the Tesla S85.”Council was made aware of Marc’s trip by RATCH Australia who is working towards building a $100 million solar photovoltaic power station in Collinsville.
The proposed solar power station will supply enough power to meet the annual needs of 15,000 homes, which is equivalent to the number of dwellings in the Whitsunday region.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said that the proposed solar power station has a major capital investment of $100 to $170 million and will increase the diversity of the regional economy.
“As well as providing ongoing regional employment opportunities through the establishment of a new industry, RATCH Australia will be producing clean, green energy in our region which is fast becoming the preferred renewable energy system.”
It is anticipated that construction could commence as early as 2016 and is expected to take approximately 66 weeks to complete.
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