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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


20 February 2000

GREEN GRAND PRIX WINNERS ANNOUNCED


Dr Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, today congratulated the winners of the 4th annual SunRace 2000, saying the event was a marvellous opportunity to raise awareness about the everyday uses of renewable energy.

This year's overall race winner was SunShark (University of Queensland) in a time of 19 hours and 15 mins followed closely by Desert Rose (Northern Territory University) in 21 hours and 52 mins.

"The Federal Government is delighted to sponsor and support the 'green grand prix'. These cars are essentially science laboratories on the road," Sharman Stone said.

"Promoting the everyday use of 'green power' in our households, businesses and on-the-road is vital if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global warming."

"Developing the technology to keep solar powered cars on-the-road permanently and cheaply is the next big challenge," Dr Stone said.

The SunRace 2000 challengers travelled 1,800kms in seven days, from Sydney to Melbourne, stopping at regional and rural communities along the way to demonstrate the solar car power technology.

This year a new land speed world record was set on day four of the race between Hay and Mildura.

"The Desert Rose team from the Northern Territory University has proved that Australian technology and ingenuity is leading the world in the fight against global warming," Sharman Stone said.

Dr Stone said the Federal Government was backing up its commitment to a 12% renewable energy target by 2010 with a range of incentives for industry and households totalling $1 billion.

"Cash rebates of up to $8,250 will be available to household's that convert to solar power. In total, $31 million will be invested over the next four years," Sharman Stone said.

"A further $26 million is available for Australian businesses through the Renewable Energy Commercialisation Fund to support the commercialisation of renewable energy sources."

Dr Stone said regional and remote communities stood to benefit from the roll-out of renewable energy, with 50% cash rebates available for conversion from diesel generation to a renewable system. Up to $60 million is available over 4 years.

SunRace 2000 is sponsored by the Federal Government through the Australian Greenhouse Office.

Further information about SunRace 2000 is available on-line at www.sunrace.com.au.

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