Greens Candidate for Macquarie Danielle Wheeler has called for the Blue Mountains to become a market leader in clean energy supported by the Greens’ renewable energy program announced this week.
“Our $100 million Australian Community Renewable Energy Program will remove logistical barriers so that community groups can plan, build and own clean energy resources,” Ms Wheeler said.
The fully-costed program provides for more than 250 projects around Australia to be supported over the next four years from inception to investment prospectus, energy supply contracts and project management.
Ms Wheeler said the program would unlock over $1 billion worth of investment, install 656MW of energy and offset 1300 kilotonnes of carbon.
“That means more local jobs and profits, greater community ownership, cleaner air and effective action on global warming.”
She cited the Blue Mountains as an obvious front-runner for tenders to receive funding.
“The Mountains is already taking the lead on clean energy. I was thrilled to attend the launch of the Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-op 10 days ago.”
Ms Wheeler said the Co-op’s proposal to place solar panels on the roofs of businesses across the Mountains would slash energy costs and provide a major boost to the market share of eco-tourism.
She said the funding of community-owned projects would also enable renters to access and participate in renewable energy projects and supply.
“One in seven households in the Macquarie electorate (5777 homes) have already taken the initiative on clean energy and installed solar panels. We are part of a nationwide movement. Australia now generates 23 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.”