Premier lets the sunshine in - Western Australia to get FiT.

The Western Australian Premier, Alan Carpenter, today announced that his government will, if re-elected, provide a gross feed in tariff for households. The scheme will be the most generous in Australia, and will greatly increase the installed photovoltaic capacity, currently around only 1 megawatt.

The election commitment by Labor announced today to a Feed in Tariff (FiT) for domestic customers will mean that householders taking full advantage of the system need never pay an electricity bill again, according to the WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA), the business chamber for the sustainable energy industry in WA.

"The gross Feed in Tariff announced by the Premier today is the most generous in Australia - a move that empowers homes to supply all of their household electricity needs with renewable energy," says Dr Ray Wills, Chief Executive of WA SEA.

"The gross feed in tariff of 60 cents per kilowatt hour for domestic systems of up to 10 kilowatt, available only if homes also take on 100% Green Power supply, will allow home owners in WA to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions previously associated with electricity use in those homes."

"Householders installing full capacity on their rooftops will be able to take advantage of our plentiful - and free - sunshine, and may never have an electricity bill again. Households with under $100 000 income can invest in solar with support from the Federal Government rebate and pay back the system within a very short time," says Dr Wills

"And diversifying electricity generation on roof tops of WA homes will bolster distributed generation through the south-west, and will bring both energy security and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions."

"The commitment announced by the Premier also opens the door for small to medium enterprises with a promise to explore an appropriate renewable energy buyback scheme."

"WA SEA looks forward to further elections announcements on renewable energy as a part of election commitments that can see our State ramp up use of Western Australia's massive renewable energy resource -renewable energy that will continue to shine on us, to wash up on our shores, and to blow past us - with no inflation in its price!"

WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) Media Release - 25 August 2008

Media Contact:
Dr Ray Wills 0430 365 607

Editors notes:

1. The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) is a chamber of businesses variously promoting, developing and/or adopting sustainable energy technologies and services that minimise the use of energy through sustainable energy practices and maximise the use of energy from sustainable sources. WA SEA is supported by a growing membership of 180 industry members from a diversity of businesses.

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