The Liberals’ Zed Seselja is very excited by internal correspondence from ACT Treasury stating the bleeding obvious, that rooftop solar is a way to enrich land owners at the expense of non-land owners.
An email obtained by the Canberra Liberals through freedom of information shows the public servant calculates that by purchasing a 1.7 kW solar system, a “profit? of $20,000 can be made.
“This is validation from a government employee that ACT Labor’s solar scheme is inequitable and goes directly to the heart of this Governments attitude to cost of living concerns in the community,” ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today.
“Households who can’t afford solar panels will slugged an extra $225 a year to compensate those who can’t.
“It’s a sad irony that even the government’s own senior employees acknowledge – and indeed seek to utilise,” Mr Seselja concluded
UPDATE: The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has wasted no time in responding:
ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has called on the Liberal party to stop misleading the public about the costs of the government’s household solar scheme
“The 30 MW of small and medium scale solar in the ACT was costed at around $27 per household per year – that’s an average of about 50 cents a week for households,” said Shane Rattenbury, Greens Energy Spokesperson.
“Yet repeatedly we have heard the Liberal party quote the price of $225 per household per year in discussions about the household scheme.
“It’s just not accurate, and it’s a divisive ploy that the Liberals are using to pitch those in the community with solar on their rooves against those who don’t.