Slashing solar investment strangles clean energy - Solar Citizens

Slashing solar investment strangles clean energy

Solar Citizens has called on the Federal Government to clarify media reports that it has directed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop funding small-scale solar power.

National Director Claire O’Rourke said the Government’s attack on popular rooftop solar would deny thousands of Australians the opportunity to reduce their power bills by installing cheap, solar energy.

“Slashing investment in rooftop solar would drag Australia back into the dark ages -- jeopardising thousands of jobs and stopping ordinary households from taking control of their electricity costs,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“Solar energy is the most popular source of electricity in Australia, according to an Ipsos survey conducted in March.

“The Abbott Government is out of touch with the overwhelming 87 per cent of Australians who are in favour of rooftop solar. The Government insists on turning its back on people who are making the sensible, practical move to be part of our nation’s energy future.

“About 60 per cent of solar owners have cut their bills by more than half, according to a recent survey of more than 5,000 Solar Citizens across the nation.

“The shameful cuts to the Renewable Energy Target and this new attack on renewable energy investment is evidence of the Government acting in the vested interests of the big power companies, not the best interests of households.

“We are demanding our political leaders stop attempting to holding back an ambitious future for clean energy in Australia.

“Solar and renewables should not be a partisan issue - it is a sensible investment for households and for Australia as a whole. There’s no doubt Australians want more solar panels installed on suitable rooftops across the nation and the cost savings they bring.

“We urge the Government to get back in touch with the community on this issue and I believe Australians everywhere would welcome nothing less than full support for the jobs, growth, investment and affordable power bills that solar power brings,,” she said.

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