Attacks on solar owners must end after huge swings in Sunshine State
Solar voters have helped deliver a shock double-digit swing away from the LNP in Queensland after bitter attacks from former Premier Campbell Newman on solar home owners.
Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said the LNP’s refusal to commit to a fair feed in tariff, protect solar jobs and support the Renewable Energy Target had alienated voters who are making the sensible choice to take control of their rising power bills by going solar.
“The next Queensland Government would be wise to learn from the election result and move to immediately end the unpopular attacks on solar homeowners and businesses,” Ms O’Rourke said.
“The most recent data tells us that there are more than 420,000 solar households in Queensland who voted in this election.
“The new Queensland Government should make sure solar and other renewable industries are supported so household power bills come down and new investment and jobs in these twenty-first century industries are created for Queensland.
The Federal Government would be wise to learn from the Queensland election result and end it unpopular attempts to destroy the Target, as it works to reduce the price of electricity for all consumers - whether they have solar or not, Ms O’Rourke said.
“The message is also clear for Prime Minister Abbott, his Government and the vested interests trying to hold back renewable energy in this country is clear: help deliver a bright future for Australian energy now or make way for political leadership that can get this done,” she said.
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