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Monday, 21 May 2018
Page: 3842

Renewable Energy

Dear Mrs Wicks

I refer to your letter concerning the petition presented to the House of Representatives' Standing Committee on Petitions regarding a requirement for household solar panel and battery storage installation (petition number: EN0266).

The Australian Government is committed to the development of renewable energy and supporting the transition to a lower emissions economy, while at the same time, providing sustainable, secure and affordable energy to industry and households.

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) is an Australian Government scheme designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector by encouraging the additional generation of electricity from renewable sources. The RET is expected to increase the share of renewables to around 23.5 per cent of Australia's electricity use in 2020.

Under the RET scheme, the Government is helping households install rooftop solar panels and solar hot water systems through rebates. To date, more than 2.8 million households and businesses have installed systems under the scheme. Further, Australia has the highest penetration of rooftop solar in the world, with over 17 per cent of Australian households having installed solar panels.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this petition.

Yours sincerely

from the Minister for the Environment and Energy, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP