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Monday, 17 August 2009
Page: 8116


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, in writing, on 25 June 2009:

In respect of his decision to prematurely end the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program:

(1)   Why were people given zero notice to submit applications when people had been given one day to get applications in for the Solar Homes and Communities Plan.

(2)   How many applications were received after applications closed, and what was their monetary value.

(3)   What were these people advised.


Mr Garrett (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   In the last six months more than 1,100 Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP) extension pre-purchase applications have been submitted. This compares with around 6,000 applications over the previous seven years. Industry had been given notice that the program was approaching full commitment. The RRPGP extension funding became fully committed. Giving a notice period would have resulted in a rush of applications that would have exceeded the funds available.

(2)   In the period between 22 June and 10 July 2009, 194 RRPGP extension pre-purchase applications were received requesting approval for a total of $4.268 million in funding.

(3)   Where it was clear that the pre-purchase application had been posted before 8:30am on 22 June 2009, the pre-purchase application was assessed for eligibility under the relevant sub-program guidelines. In other cases, a letter was sent to the applicant and copied to the supplier. This letter indicated that the pre-purchase application was not accepted for assessment and detailed the requirements for this decision to be reconsidered.