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Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

7 December 2004

Historic light station updated with latest solar energy

Historic Cape Bruny Lightstation off Tasmania's south-east coast is about to get the latest solar energy technology.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today that photovoltaic cells costing $67,151 will be installed at the light station to help power the two lighthouse keepers' quarters, museum and workshop.

"The old inefficient diesel engines have been replaced by a new photovoltaic and diesel hybrid system that will reduce the use of diesel fuel by about 70 per cent," Senator Campbell said.

"Energy efficient appliances are also being installed, and the combined benefits include reductions in diesel fuel use of 13,000 litres per year and in greenhouse emissions of about 40 tonnes per year."

Under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme, the Australian Government has allocated more than $6.5 million to Tasmania, including $1.8 million for the residential remote programme, which supports the uptake of renewable generation equipment by households not connected to the main electricity grid, and $1.9 million for two new 850 kilowatt wind turbines on King Island.

Total Australian Government funding for the programme is expected to be about $206 million and is based on the relevant diesel fuel excise paid by remote public power generators in the financial years 2000-01 to 2003-04. So far, more than $128 million of projects have been approved nationally.

The Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme is managed by the Australian Greenhouse Office, part of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, and is delivered by State Government agencies.

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