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Turnbull Government must rule out scrapping support for rooftop solar 

 

Media Release: Turnbull Government must rule out scrapping support for rooftop solar 

The Smart Energy Council, the peak national body for the solar industry, has called on the Turnbull Government to immediately rule out axing the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), which helps families and small businesses slash their power bills with solar.

The ACCC has today recommended the SRES be abolished by 2021.

First introduced in 2011, the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme offers households and small businesses a financial incentive to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar panels and solar water heaters. 

Chief Executive of Smart Energy Council, John Grimes: 

“The one thing families and businesses can do to slash their power bill is to get solar. 

“The Turnbull Government must immediately rule out making it harder for families and businesses to slash their power bills. 

“It’s up to the Turnbull Government to come out today and reject this attack on solar.

“Not only does this government want to stop new big solar farms, it wants to stop families taking charge of their power bills with rooftop solar. 

“We know the Turnbull Government wants to stop big renewables with the National Energy Guarantee.

“That’s bad enough, but the Government would have rocks in its head if it wants to stop families getting rooftop solar as well. 

“The National Energy Guarantee has already caused massive uncertainty in the renewables industry. The last thing we need is even more uncertainty. The Turnbull Government must act today,” said Mr Grimes. 

Federal Parliament agreed in 2014 to abolish the SRES in 2030, with the amount of support for solar families being reduced each year until 2030.

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