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Notice given 18 November 2002

267  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the findings of the 2001 National Survey of Photovoltaics in Australia which shows that:

(i) in 1996 Australia led the world in per capita manufacture of photovoltaic systems,

(ii) despite an increase from 7.5 megawatts to 10 megawatts capacity between 1996 and 2001, Australia fell behind Japan and Spain for per capita manufacture of photovoltaic systems,

(iii) Japan now dominates the manufacture of photovoltaic systems, whilst Australia’s share of the world market is down 70 per cent,

(iv) Australia’s relative share of photovoltaic energy usage fell 50 per cent between 1996 and 2000,

(v) the growth in uptake of photovoltaic energy is greatest in the United States of America and European countries, where subsidies make it competitive with residential electricity prices,

(vi) rebates in Australia leave photovoltaic energy two to three times more expensive than coal fire-generated electricity, and

(vii) there is potential for an extra 10 million grid-connected rooftop customers in Australia;

(b) urges the Federal Government to extend the photovoltaic energy rebate program, currently due to end in 2003 and to develop a strategy in conjunction with the photovoltaic industry to ensure that it becomes self-sufficient in the longer term; and

(c) urges Federal and state governments to encourage utilities to adopt fair metering and billing policies, which recognise the value of electricity generated from photovoltaic systems.

Notice of motion altered on 5 December 2002 pursuant to standing order 77.