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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

11 February 2001

SunRace 21.C - Racing the sun across Australia


Australia's top solar car racers are gathering in Adelaide to test their cars to the limit in the 2,300 kilometre Australian Greenhouse Office SunRace 21.C.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Hill, flagged off the eight day race on Adelaide's Torrens Parade Ground on Sunday 11 February.

The race will see the 10 teams pass through scores of cities and country towns in three States and Canberra before reaching Sydney on Sunday 18 February.

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Greenhouse Office the race is a great opportunity for the Government to take important greenhouse messages to the community.

"The Commonwealth Government is proud to sponsor this event which pushes the technological envelope for renewable technology," Senator Robert Hill, said today.

"The race highlights our commitment to renewable energy and alternative fuel technologies designed to help combat climate change.

Overall, the Commonwealth is investing almost $1 billion over five years on greenhouse gas abatement.

The Commonwealth is also investing over $380 million in renewable energy projects including the development and commercialisation of renewable energy technologies.

In South Australia the Commonwealth has already provided funding for two major projects under the Renewable Energy Commercialisation Program," Senator Hill said.

"Origin Energy Power has been granted $750,000 to make a 20 megawatt biomass power station near Mount Gambier into a commercial operation.

"The Pitjanjatjara Council and the South Australian Division of State Aboriginal Affairs have been offered $1 million to help install a 200 kilowatt solar farm on the Anangu Pitjantatjara lands.

"In other moves, all Australians can benefit through the Photovoltaic Rebate Program which provides cash rebates for the installation of solar panels to householders as well as owners of community use buildings.

" Homeowners throughout South Australia have already benefited from this program, the Minister said.

"SunRace 21.C encourages the Peterborough community to take part in reducing greenhouse emissions".

Ends 11 February 2001

Contact:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) 08 82377920 or 0419258364
Carol Bartley (Australian Greenhouse Office) 0412 994 800

Note editors: During day one the Australian Greenhouse Office SunRace 21.C will pass through the following centres: Adelaide - Torrens Parade Ground, North Adelaide, Thorngate, Medindle, Sefton Park, Enfield, Gepps Cross, Pooraka, Parafield, Elizabeth, Smithfield, Kudla, Evanston, Templers, Tarlee, Riverton, Saddleworth, Manoora, Hanson, Burra, Mt Bryan, Hallett, Whyte Yarcowe, and Terowie before arriving at the Peterborough Memorial Oval from 2pm onwards.

Note pictorial editors: pictures are available for downloading at the AGO web site media page at www.greenhouse.gov.au/media/

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