Where’d the solar power plant go?

johnboy 15 September 2010 4

Yesterday afternoon the Liberals’ Zed Seselja got around to asking where the promised solar power plant had gone in Simon Corbell’s solar city vision:

The ACT Labor party and the Greens have shown that their election promises and their coalition commitments are not worth the paper they are written on, after they scrapped their promise for a capital investment in a solar farm, Zed Seselja, Leader of the Canberra Liberals, said today.

“The dumping of this key environmental policy is just another example of Labor holding no regard to the commitments to the community and the agreement that keeps them in power,” Zed said.

“Instead of committing to their election promise, the Labor party is going to shift the costs of these projects onto Canberra households. The costs associated with the expansion of this scheme will be passed onto the very people who are already struggling with high electricity prices.

Zed notes that the feed-in tariff is costing $400 for every tonne of carbon reduced and wonders if there might be better bangs to be had for this sort of buck.

UPDATE: Zed’s since followed up demanding to know why he wasn’t informed about the change of policy until now and accusing the Greens and Labor of being secretive:

I find it remarkable that the Greens take photo opportunities when they have a meeting with the Labor Party, yet a $30 million dollar policy back flip is done in secret,” said Zed “The contempt for the community is astonishing.

“They claim they stand for transparency, yet admit they do deals with the Labor Party behind closed doors and in secret

“The political reality is simple: this is not a minority Government. This is majority coalition government by stealth. The $30 million dollars deal done behind closed doors is an absolute validation of this

In reply the Greens’ Meredith Hunter despairs of Zed’s confusion:

“At first I just assumed that Zed Seselja was playing politics, but recent statements have made it clear that he simply doesn’t understand what industry, the Greens and the Government know about incentives in the solar industry,” Ms Hunter said.

“The announcement yesterday of an expansion to the Feed-in-Tariff, which is the preferred incentive for industry to build large scale solar generation in the Territory, has somehow been described by Mr Seselja as “The dumping of this key environmental policy”.

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4 Responses to Where’d the solar power plant go?
Deref Deref 3:23 pm 15 Sep 10

Zed wants us all to run on JesusPower(tm).

Pandy Pandy 12:05 pm 15 Sep 10

Where and when is the gas turbine going in too?

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 11:33 am 15 Sep 10

Don’t know what he doesn’t get about it. Instead of favouring one big company with $30m worth of assistance, they decided to share the support over a whole bunch of smaller organisations and businesses, hopefully to greater effect. And a more decentralised power supply is a more redundant network, as in: protected against a single point of failure – think Melbourne and gas plant explosion.

chewy14 chewy14 9:31 am 15 Sep 10

“Zed notes that the feed-in tariff is costing $400 for every tonne of carbon reduced and wonders if there might be better bangs to be had for this sort of buck.”

Yeah but at least it makes us feel good because we’re “doing something”.

Everyone paying for well-off individuals and now companies to install inefficient, expensive solar panels. Sounds like an ACT government scheme all right.

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