Australia’s first floating solar system highlights the enormous benefits of embracing renewable energy
Solar Citizens has today welcomed the opening of Australia’s first ever floating solar system in South Australia.
“It’s incredible to see companies like Infratech Industries using innovation and embracing the solar revolution,” said Solar Citizen’s National Director Claire O’Rourke.
“South Australia will see many benefits from this project including the creation of new jobs and investment in the state.
“This new solar system will generate about 57% more power than land-based systems.
“It shows that inspiring and innovative projects can become reality when state governments provide solar businesses with a supportive policy environment.
“South Australia has shown the way, now it’s time for other states and the Commonwealth to get behind delivering more renewable energy, not less.
“When business and the Australian people are crying out for leadership on renewable energy it’s extremely disappointing that our political leaders are ignoring their calls.
“The uncertainty that the Government has created around the Renewable Energy Target (RET) has had a devastating impact on the industry.
“If the RET is protected and strengthened it will help to create 20,000 new Australian jobs by 2020.
“Solar Citizens’ new campaign ‘Stand up for Solar’ is calling for a national goal of at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“Recent polling by Essential Research shows that 59% of Australians support a 50% RET by 2030. It’s clear that there is more leadership in the community than there is in Canberra when it comes to a sun-powered future.
“It’s time for all of our political leaders to follow the example of businesses like Infratech and start investing in renewable energy and Australian jobs,” said Claire O’Rourke
Claire O’Rourke is available for comment
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See more about Stand up for Solar at: http://www.standupforsolar.org.au/