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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
30 August 2006
Australian Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane MP, welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that north Adelaide would host Australia’s first Solar City.
"The Prime Minister’s announcement marks an exciting time for the Solar Cities concept – the vision is now being realised," Senator Campbell said.
"Everyone will benefit from Solar Cities. Householders will find it easier to make clean energy choices and save electricity, electricity utilities will be able to better manage their peak demand periods, industry will be able to test new technologies and products in a low-risk environment, and governments will receive valuable information for future energy and climate change policies.
"I look forward to the unveiling of Australia’s next Solar Cities and the opportunities it will provide for both consumers and industry in the successful locations," he said.
Selected from a highly competitive process, the Adelaide Solar City consortium will receive $15 million to create Australia’s first Solar City, which is expected to save $5 million of energy and at least 30,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
"The north Adelaide Solar City will see 17,000 solar panels installed on homes and commercial buildings, 7,000 smart meters installed in homes and businesses, and 40,000 energy efficiency and information packages distributed to consumers," Mr Macfarlane said.
"It’s a significant and exciting undertaking. By employing solar technologies in place of grid-drawn electricity and introducing simple ways for people to save energy, Australia’s first Solar City will help deliver electricity at the right price, when and where it is needed.
"I congratulate the South Australian community for embracing the Solar Cities concept and look forward to seeing its practical benefits unfold," he said.
Solar Cities is part of the Australian Government’s $2 billion climate change strategy that aims to develop clean, low emission technologies; build an effective global response to the issue; increase understanding of climate change science; and help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.
For more information about Solar Cities visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/solarcities
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell’s office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Kirsty Boazman (Mr Macfarlane’s office) 02 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444