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Government 'running scared' on solar campaign

22 August, 2014

The extraordinary outburst from the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, on ABC Brisbane radio (Thursday 21 August) in responding to the Save Solar campaign shows how out of touch the Government is in responding to the community's strong support for solar, the Australian Solar Council says.

The Environment Minister personally attacked the Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council but refused to outline the Government's plans for solar and the Renewable Energy Target.

"The Environment Minister should be attacking the Prime Minister's radical plan to shut down the solar industry, not shooting the messenger," said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council.

"The Environment Minister refused to discuss the Government's plans for the Renewable Energy Target. He failed to tell Australia's 18,000 solar workers whether they had jobs at Christmas time and he failed to tell Australians the Government is planning to make it harder for them to reduce their power bills by going solar.

The Prime Minister must today rule out changing the Renewable Energy Target and release the Warburton Report into the Renewable Energy Target, which he has had for almost a week.

The Australian Solar Council launched its national marginal seats campaign to Save Solar and the Renewable Energy on Thursday, with a major community forum in the seat of Petrie in northern Brisbane.

"Today's outburst shows how scared the Government is of this national campaign to Save Solar taking hold," Grimes said.

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Ken Geitz | Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:06 AM
The Environment Minister should be doing his job and supporting the clean energy sector & not being on the side of the coal miners. He does need to back the transition from the dirty energy to the renewable sectors, otherwise we will be left behind & someone else will have to clean up after him! Come on Greg, do it for the nation!
Ken Goldsmith | Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:09 AM
Rubbish! Ken Geitz. "Left behind"? Spain spent more time and effort to move to renewable energy, per capita, than any country on Earth, and their economy has failed. Following Fukushima, Germany is going back to coal, because wind and sola just can't do the job, given the state of our technology. We should not subsidise ANY energy source. Nor should we privatise any publicly owned generator or distributor. Let private enterprise build their own generation, and distribution, facilities, and join a competitive market.
Ken Geitz | Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:29 AM
I don't know if you have ever visited Germany or any of the western European countries but if you have you may have noticed the amount of money the country has put into wind & solar (not sola) you may change your mind.I believe Spain's economy has failed due to reasons other than their move to renewables. The U.S. has invested in base load solar generation, not just solar panels. I agree with you that we shouldn't privatise our power companies as there is loss of control of major infrastructure which is against national interest.
Ken Goldsmith | Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:54 AM
Both Spain and Germany have put huge amounts of borrowed money into renewable energy, and it has failed to give them either the "green" economies much touted, nor base load power. I have lived in Germany ('71 to '75) and UK ('70/'71, and '75/'76), before all this crap started, much better times. GB is also rueing wasting so much on wind power. We will move to solar when storage becomes economic, until then there is no choice but to burn coal.
Jeff Hort | Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:29 PM
My company is in the process of installing 150kw of Solar Cells split between two locations in NSW. I will scream blue murder if the coalition doesn't at least keep the level of support presently on offer. Or puts something in place that improves their standing with those of us that care for our environment and are doing something about it.