ACT renewable energy target leading the way

The ACT Government recently announced their plan to source 90% of the Territory’s power from renewable energy sources by 2020. This is a further sign that the ACT is leading the way nationally in relation to renewable energy targets (RET).

The Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council, John Grimes, was quoted as saying “The ACT Government plans to reduce carbon emissions by 40% on 1990 levels and renewable energy is a big part of that plan”.

“It is great to see that the role Big Solar can play in meeting Australia’s future energy demands is being recognised. Solar projects are central to reaching energy and emissions targets, as well as saving householder’s money on their energy bills”.

“The twin impact of the dramatic reduction in the cost of renewable energy technology, along with the expansion of energy efficiency programs, means the Government forecasts an average saving to Canberra households of $300 by 2015″, said Grimes.

An artist’s impression of the proposed solar farm at Canberra

An artist’s impression of the proposed solar farm at Canberra

“Again we see the ACT Government leading the way, and after an extensive planning process dating back to before 2007, we now have important confirmation that a renewable energy future is feasible, affordable and sustainable”.

At a time when electricity prices are rising across the country, with a forecast $120bn to be spent on the network to 2020, the recent ACT solar auction and today’s announcement show that the intelligent use of distributed renewable energy a Government can defray or defer many of these costs.

Today’s announcement by the ACT Government is yet another reminder of the value of clean energy to tackling climate change and building a low carbon economy.

Reproduced from the Australian Solar Council news alert 19 September 2012.

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