MONDAY 18 JUNE, 2012 |
Greens Aim To Repower Melbourne With Solar
Greens Leader Christine Milne, Greens Candidate for Melbourne Cathy Oke
and Melbourne MP Adam Bandt recently announced the Greens' energy and climate
policy in the lead-up to Victoria's by-election.
Among the party's policies is the Community Renewables Fund; enabling local
communities, organisations and body-corporates to establish local commercial
scale solar farms
The $50 million needed for the initiative would be taken from funding allocated
to the controversial HRL
coal fired power station
. The facility would be the first coal-fired
generator to be constructed in Victoria in decades and is a project that has
been overwhelmingly opposed by the community.
"Every home and building in Melbourne has the potential to be a powerhouse.
Our Community Renewables Fund would start to make this happen," said Ms.
The Greens have also committed to scrapping the Baillieu government's anti-wind
which they say are killing wind power in the state.
said Baillieu government policies of expanding Victorian coal
exports shows it has "nothing to offer when it comes to tackling global
In March, the Victorian Government reneged
on election commitments
of a 20% carbon emission reduction target and
capping emissions from new coal fired power stations.
, who recently returned from an energy tour in Germany, said during
the presentation that Australia needed to emulate Germany; where the majority of
renewables-based electricity generation is not owned by a handful of energy
companies but by individuals and community groups.
"Last year, more than 20% of power of their electricity came from
renewables. The German Federal Environment Agency says that by 2050, 80% per
cent of Germany's energy could come from renewables."
"Beyond just the environmental and energy security benefits, this
investment in clean technology has resulted in the creation of some 382,000
renewable energy jobs in Germany. We can start to make that happen in
power systems - Melbourne/Victoria
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