By ERWIN CHLANDA
(From media release.)
Chief Minister Adam Giles is out by a factor of ten in his estimate of the cost of Alice Springs going solar, says Rob Hoad, Greens candidate for Lingiari.
He says “over dinner friends and I made a rough calculation: A 5kw solar system costs about $20,000 including batteries for back-up supply. We have 8,000 homes, times $20,000 equals $160m.
“This is a rough estimate, but is only 10% of the $1.6b Mr Giles claims we need to go solar in Alice Springs.”
The figure Mr Giles mentioned was $1.4b.
Mr Hoad says we need to remove the barriers put in place by electricity companies and the old parties so that the millions of Australians who want solar can join the 1.5 million homes that already have it.
He says the Greens’ plan includes:–
• A $5 million information campaign to promote the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s schemes to support Households and Businesses installing solar with no upfront costs.
• Ensure a fair price for solar is paid by energy companies.
• Roll out the $192m Sustainable Schools Program.
• Establish a Solar Ombudsman within the Clean Energy Regulator to facilitate a “right to solar” for renters.
• Work to reform laws that will enable access to solar energy for residential and commercial tenants.
• Reform the legislative objectives and rules of energy market to democratise and modernise our energy system.
The policy complements previously announced Greens’ plans for large-scale and community-owned renewables, battery storage and a pathway to 90% renewables by 2030, including the phase out of coal-fired power generation.
By ERWIN CHLANDA