Win for WA solar: Premier rules out unfair 'sun tax'

WA Premier Colin Barnett has told State parliament today that he would rule out a tax on solar power, a win for the state’s more than 175,000 solar households, according to reports.

Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said the Government’s backdown came after a strong community campaign against the unfair proposed charges including a Solar Citizens petition - signed by close to 7,000 supporters.

“This backdown on the proposed “solar tax” ensures a bright future for renewable energy in Western Australia,” she said.

“There are more Western Australian families every day discovering the cost savings that solar power can deliver.

“Solar is good for household budgets, drives good local jobs and can sparks economic growth, particularly vital as the state budget is hit by the end of the mining boom.

“Solar households are most common in lower income suburbs. The main reason these families go solar is to help with the rising cost of power bills.

"In the process these solar powered homes reduce the need for expensive new poles and wires, stimulate jobs in the renewable energy industry and create clean, cheap energy that helps all Australians.

“The WA Premier has taken a great step forward today, now he should lift his ambition and support a full transition to clean renewable energy in the State,” she said.

Claire O’Rourke is available for interview.

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