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Solar's Last Chance Rally: 2011

15 May 2011
Category: Renewable Energy

On Wednesday 18 May the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) is calling on media, business, consumers, installers, families and people interested in a sustainable future for Australia to rally to save solar.

This is the last chance for the new NSW government to take action and save the solar industry. Their recent inaction and indecision puts 5,400 green collar solar jobs at risk and leaves 20,000 NSW residents stranded. The State’s Solar Bonus Scheme has been frozen, pending a review. This leaves homeowners $25 million out of pocket for systems that may never be paid a feed in tariff.

More than 20,000 consumers are now in the dark while the NSW government reviews its solar policy.

Solar’s Last Chance rally is a call to action for the NSW government who have a responsibility to the hundreds of small businesses, their families, and the wider NSW public who will be hurt by the cancellation of the scheme. “AuSES and NSW homeowners are calling for certainty and security. The rally is the last chance for solar, because businesses and livelihoods are on the line”, says AuSES CEO John Grimes.

What can YOU do to help the people of NSW:

  • Attend the rally and show your support:
    11:30am Wednesday 18 May
    Barnet Long Room: Customs House
    31 Alfred Street
    Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Contact the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell
    office@premier.nsw.gov.au
    (02) 9228 5239
    or
    NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher
    office@hartcher.minister.nsw.gov.au
    (02) 9228 5289
    and URGE them to fix the solar bonus scheme IMMEDIATELY and allow people who were approved under the scheme to connect their solar systems to the grid. The NSW government should also announce an immediate 1:1 feed-in-tariff for everybody else.

For further information and media enquiries contact:
Vivienne Kelly
Account Executive – DMG PR
(02) 8006 0424
vivienne@dmgpr.com

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.