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

10 May 2005

Building Australia's solar future


The solar industry has been given a boost in the 2005-06 Budget with the announcement of a $5.7 million per year two-year extension of the popular Photovoltaic Rebate Programme (PVRP).

"Photovoltaic systems convert sunlight into electricity and help in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia ," the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said.

"PVRP was originally designed to assist homeowners and community organisations install photovoltaic systems on homes and community buildings by offering a rebate for installing solar-energy generators.

"The programme has been so popular that the Australian Government expanded PVRP in 2004 to allow housing developers to obtain rebates for the installation of solar-electricity generators in new homes.

"By extending the programme for a further two years, the Australian Government is maintaining this momentum and helping to increase the number of solar electricity systems installed throughout Australia.

"There will now be a strong focus on encouraging the uptake of solar-electricity systems in schools around the country to give young Australians the opportunity to use the technology and see the benefits of renewable energy sources first-hand.

"Extending the programme for two years will also ensure a smoother integration for industry with the Government's long-term Solar Cities programme.

"Solar Cities is a partnerships programme that brings together governments, industry, communities, and businesses to change the way we think about energy.

"Australia holds a leading position in the development of solar-energy technology. It's the smart use and accessibility of this technology that will make the Solar Cities the focus of international interest.

"Extending solar opportunities to homes, schools and community buildings is helping all Australians build the bridge to a solar future."

For more information www.deh.gov.au/about/budget/2005

Media Contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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