9 February 2018

NSW ALP’s 500,000 solar homes pledge sets a new benchmark

“State Labor’s pledge today to help put solar on 500,000 homes over the next 10 years has set the pace in the race to establish clean-energy credentials in the run up to next month’s election,” said Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski.

“This is a significant commitment that would cut greenhouse pollution by almost 3 million tonnes a year, equivalent to taking a million cars off the road.

“This is a great start and we look forward to the ALP now releasing a comprehensive climate and energy policy to slash emissions, further accelerate our transition to clean energy, and generate hundreds of clean energy jobs.”

Climate action groups last month outlined what it would take to turn around the state’s terrible performance on clean energy. [1]

That included the need to provide solar power to 400,000 households (including rentals) in the next term of government (by 2023) and to all homes by 2029.

“While today’s announcement is a good first step, we need to see policies for renters and others that are currently locked out of accessing clean, affordable solar,” Ms Smolski said.

“There are about 450,000 homes in NSW with solar panels - around 15% - so this announcement would double that number and help homes generate almost 10% of the state’s electricity needs.

“Installing 50,000 solar systems per year will also create 3750 jobs.

“We call on the Berejiklian government to take up the challenge laid down by Michael Daley and the Labor Party by promising to support home solar with a similar level of ambition.”

Other priorities outlined by climate action groups include: 

  • the government tendering for 4000MW of large-scale clean power;
  • powering all government operations with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2023; and
  • legislating for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, and ensure all government decisions consider the impact of policies on climate change.

[1] www.nature.org.au/media/368594/181220-policy-briefing-a-clean-energy-future-for-nsw.pdf

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