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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1589

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

In regard to the Minister’s press release of 8 May 2007, ‘$150 million more for solar technology’, can details be provided of the ‘targeted scheme to support the design and installation of solar systems on commercial, industrial and iconic buildings’, including the budget, commencement date and criteria involved.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Australian Government’s Solar Homes and Communities Plan expects to deliver solar power to up to 15,000 homes and 2,000 community buildings over the life of the Photovoltaic Rebate Programme (PVRP).  Funding of $150 million is available for:

  • rebates of $8 per peak watt of installed photovoltaic capacity, up to $8,000 for household installations;
  • rebates for community buildings such as churches, scout halls and sports clubs providing half the cost of a maximum 2 kilowatt solar system to be delivered through a competitive grants programme; and
  • a community icons programme, promoting examples of sustainable living in neighbourhoods, houses and community centres, funding the full cost of installing 2 kilowatt systems on smaller community buildings.

Development work for the community buildings and community icons component under PVRP is under way.