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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
Ian Macfarlane MP

19 July 2005

Expert panel to assess Solar Cities application


Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane, today announced the members of the expert panel formed to help assess proposals submitted to the Australian Government’s $75.3 million Solar Cities programme.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Brian Spalding who is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Electricity Market Management Company. Other members of the panel include:

Mr Macfarlane said the expert panel brought together expertise in government policy-making, energy markets and utilities, finance and scientific knowledge.

“This broad base of expertise is important because Solar Cities is all about creating sustainable communities through a combination of approaches including improved energy-efficiency, smart meters, solar technology, and responsive pricing arrangements.”

Senator Campbell said today’s announcement was another important step towards Australia creating its first solar cities, which would transform the way urban communities thought about and used energy.

“The panel’s expertise will enable robust assessments of submissions, leading to good outcomes for business, the community, and the Government,” Senator Campbell said.

The panel members will review all Solar Cities submissions and recommend to the Ministers which proposals should progress to the next stage.

Expressions of interest close July 22 and will be assessed during August and September. Shortlisted submissions will then be invited to submit full tenders and the locations of Australia’s Solar Cities will be announced towards the middle of 2006.

For more information, visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/solarcities

Media contacts:
Minister Campbell   Renae Stoikos   (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Minister Macfarlane    Helen Mathers     (02) 6277 7580 or 0419 342 582

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