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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP

15 April 2005

Solar cities programme moves step closer


One of the Australian Governments main climate change programmes - the $75 million dollar Solar Cities trial - moved a step closer today with the calling of expressions of interest from industry.

Releasing the Programme Guidelines, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane, said Solar Cities would transform the way entire urban communities thought about and used energy.

Senator Campbell said Adelaide and three other Solar City sites would be established throughout Australia.

"Solar Cities is essentially about partnerships. It will bring together governments, industry, communities, and businesses to radically change the way we think about energy." Senator Campbell said.

"Solar Cities will create more energy-efficient communities by combining different approaches such as energy-efficiency, smart meters, solar technology, and responsive pricing to technology."

Senator Campbell said that groups interested in applying for funding should be able to show they have the support of local householders and business.

Mr McFarlane said: "The Solar Cities approach will increase the choice of energy sources available to householders and businesses and will reward them for better managing their energy use.

"Energy retailers will also benefit from reduced load in peak periods - so there are benefits for the consumer, the retailer, and the environment."

To encourage interested parties to make contact with one another, a web-based Register of Interest has been established.

Proposals will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and, if eligible, will then be considered and assessed against the core and desirable selection criteria. The best EOI proposals will be short-listed and invited to develop detailed business cases during the tender phase.

For more information on the Solar Cities programme or to access the register of interest, please visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/solarcities
For Copies of the Solar Cities Programme Guidelines (including submission guidelines and eligibility criteria) please e-mail solarcities@deh.gov.au

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Kirsty Boazman (Macfarlane's office) 02 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444

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