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Margaret Reid launches Millennium Solar Project



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PARLIAMENT O F AUSTRALIA ยท THE SENATE

Senator Margaret Reid Senator for the A.C.T.

Media Release

“CAPTURE THE RAYS” Margaret Reid launches Millennium Solar Project

SenatonMargaret ReHiTVill launch the Australian Science Festival Millennium Solar Project at 10.20 a.m. on Saturday, 1 May 1999, outside the BoatHouse Restaurant, Lake Burley Griffin.

‘Generating electricity from the sun is a tantalising vision as we enter the 21st century’, said Senator Reid. “The Millennium Solar Project aims to bring that idea closer to reality.’

The project is an opportunity for all Australians and New Zealanders to contribute ideas on how we might best capture and utilise the sun as it ushers in the new millennium.

Competitions and events will be held throughout Australia up to 1 January 2000.

Senator Reid said that primary school students can enter the art competition; high school students can write an~essay; and there is to be an open competition for Australians and New Zealanders of any age to submit a prototype or device which can capture or convert the first rays of the new millennium.

A Synposium will be held in New Zealand on the evening of 31 December 1999, followed by a Solar Ball and dawn event to witness the first rays of the sun of the new millennium.

Senator Reid also announced that twenty prestigious scholarships will be granted at the Symposium, to be used to support a PhD in Solar Energy Conversion at approved institutions here in Australia and overseas.

“I am delighted and proud to launch the Millennium Solar Project in the Nation’s Capital”, said Senator Reid.

For further information 62773300 or 0409 916 642 Canberra, 30 April 1999