State Election Climate Policies

We’ve had a hectic time organizing our next Solar Information Night . It’s on Tuesday 26th, 7pm at Gasoline Pony in Marrickville (It will be our biggest ever with only 3 seats left, as of now! See our Face Book Events page for details.) But we’d also like to take this chance to update our supporters with the key energy and climate policies for this Saturday’s election.

Here’s a summary of the offers of the three major parties, courtesy of John Grimes from the Smart Energy Council, the industry group that represents the solar and storage industry.

(And don’t be deceived by The Sydney Morning Herald’s “State Election Environment Guide” today. The Liberals have listed the Climate Change Fund as their signature climate initiative: that was set up 12 years ago by Labor.)

NSW Labor Party

The biggest proposed rollout of renewable energy in Australian history;

  • 7 gigawatts of large-scale renewables by 2030 – 6GW by reverse auction, 1 GW through a new State-owned corporation with 4GW in first term of government;
  • 500,000 new solar homes by 2030, delivered through a $2,200 subsidy;
  • $100 million Solar Schools package for solar on more than 350 schools;
  • $11 million to train electricians in solar and battery storage;
  • 100% renewables for all State Government agencies by 2025;
  • At least 50% renewables by 2030.

NSW Liberal Party

  • No interest loans for solar and battery storage for 300,000 homes. This includes loans over 10 years of up to $9,000 for a battery system and up to $14,000 for a solar-battery system. This is a good initiative;
  • Making it easier for strata committees to approve solar panels and batteries for apartment blocks by lowering the voting threshold from 75% to 50%;
  • An extra $20 million to the Emerging Energy Program, encouraging private-sector
    investment in large-scale electricity and storage projects;
  • $10 million for a new recycling fund for solar panels and battery systems.

NSW Greens Party

Establish a new publicly owned electricity company to generate, distribute and retail renewable energy;

  • $1 billion to support local community renewable projects and $1.5 billion a year in large-scale, publicly owned renewables projects;
  • Rebates for more than one million households to install solar panels and battery storage.
  • Gavin Gilchrist 0407 663 125

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