Analysis released today by the Australian Solar Council shows over 45,000 residents in the electorate of Griffith have solar PV or solar hot water systems on their homes.
“This analysis confirms the importance of the Renewable Energy Target to the people of Griffith, who will be electing their new federal MP on 8 February”, said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council.
“There are tens of thousands more considering getting solar PV or hot water right now and they would be horrified to hear the Federal Government is considering radically changing the Renewable Energy Target.”
“Those other Griffith voters are entitled to invest their own funds to get the same power savings benefits as the existing 45,000 people in Griffith who already have installed solar.”
“The Renewable Energy Target works. It helps Australians reduce their power bills by installing solar, and in the future will help build big solar plants throughout the Sunshine State.”
“The Renewable Energy Target has also helped create an important new industry, with more than 18,000 Australians working in the solar industry. Given the size of the Griffith market, it’s likely that a hundred or more people in Griffith work in the solar industry.”
“Make no mistake – if the Renewable Energy Target is abolished, there will be massive job losses and hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders will miss out on the chance to reduce their power bills.”
“The Australian Solar Council calls on all candidates in the Griffith by-election to support an expansion of the Renewable Energy Target to ensure Queensland reaps the benefits of being the Sunshine State.”
“The Australian Solar Council calls on Griffith voters to ask their candidates the hot question: do you back the Renewable Energy Target?”
“Analysis by the REC Agents Association shows the cost of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme – a key part of the Renewable Energy Target – will be just 0.3% of the power bill in 2015. That’s $1.90 out of an average $500 quarterly power bill.”