Policy holding back development of solar: new report - Solar Citizens

Policy holding back development of solar: new report

Solar Citizens welcomes the new report released by the Clean Energy Council which shows that while renewable energy is more popular than ever, more needs to be done to secure good policies to ensure solar can power Australia.

“It’s great to see so many people joining the solar revolution, but is a big concern to see that warnings made to the Federal Government about job losses and drops in investment now ringing true,” Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said.

“There are now over 1.4 million solar homes in Australia and in 2014 thirteen percent of Australia’s electricity came from renewable sources,” said Ms O’Rourke

“South Australia and Tasmania generated 40% and 95% respectively from renewable energy sources - these figures are impressive.”

“But it’s not all good news last year we saw a drop of 8.5% on rooftop solar installed and while the industry employs 20,000 people we saw a loss of 1,000 jobs.”

“These losses were due to the uncertainty created by the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) review.”

“Time and time again Australian businesses and communities are saying they want more solar, not less.”

“The Government must accept that by attempting to block renewable energy investment it is refusing to accept the reality that Australian families will power their homes with renewables as their main source of electricity in the near future,” said Ms O’Rourke

Claire O’Rourke is available for comment

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