Labor’s Plan a Massive Kickstart for Renewables in NSW
Monday 18 February: Solar Citizens today applauds NSW Labor’s announcement to commit to 9GW of new renewable energy generation over the next 10 years. The commitment includes 2GW of rooftop solar, 6GW of reverse auctions and 1 GW of state-owned renewables generation.
“Commitments like this are what’s needed to turn NSW from a laggard to clean energy powerhouse,” said Joseph Scales, Solar Citizens’ National Director.
“Increasing NSW’s large-scale renewable generation by 7GW will mean close to 40% of the state’s current electricity demand could be met by clean, renewable energy.”
Compared to other states and territories, NSW is currently trailing behind the pack when it comes to transitioning to renewable energy. The percentage of renewable energy in NSW is less than half that of Tasmania, the ACT and South Australia – sitting at just over 12%.
“As we get closer to the NSW election the Berejiklian Government has started talking big about renewables, even calling on other states to “lift their game” on energy policy, but over the last eight years we’ve seen more hot air than action,” said Mr Scales.
“It’s time for the NSW Government to walk the walk, so that the state can make the most of its potential for clean energy jobs and investment.
“NSW Labor has taken the first step and shown their hand, now it’s up to the LNP to raise the stakes so that investors can start making the most of NSW’s abundant sun and wind resources.”
Solar Citizens has been calling on all political parties to commit to 4000MW of new large-scale renewable and storage capacity over the next term of government. Labor’s policy announcement today includes an aim to meet this target.
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