While Western Australians may have said no to daylight saving, the Western Australian budget on Thursday has already provided the best way to save daylight, according to Australia's largest state-based green business body.
The WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) reports measures outlined in the Western Australian budget establishes a gross feed in tariff for domestic generation of energy from renewable sources including sunshine.
'The feed in tariff announced by Western Australia Treasurer, Troy Buswell, is by far the best state-based incentive in Australia to support renewable energy generation for households,' says Dr Ray Wills, WA SEA Chief Executive.
'Renewable energy produced from sunshine not only saves daylight, it turns it into money, improves WA's energy security, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions,' says Dr Wills.
Further details of the announcement are detailed in an earlier media release provided below.
WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) Media Release - 13 May 2009
2009 WA Budget good news for home renewables
The Gross Feed in Tariff (FiT) for domestic customers listed as a measure in today's budget will mean that householders taking full advantage of the incentive need never pay an electricity bill again, according to the WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA), Australia's largest state-based sustainable energy business chamber.
'The 2009 budget presented by Western Australia Treasurer, Troy Buswell, unveiled Australia's most generous state-based incentive to support renewable energy generation for households,' says Dr Ray Wills, WA SEA Chief Executive.
'The gross feed in tariff of 60 cents per kilowatt hour, which WA SEA understands is 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 of up to 10 kilowatt on their rooftops will be able to take advantage of our plentiful - and free - sunshine or wind, and may never have an electricity bill again. Coupled with the Federal Government Solar Credits scheme (which applies to any kind of renewable energy), smaller systems can be paid off in a very short time, with payback of larger systems in less than nine years,' 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 announcement also opens the door for businesses with the Barnett Government's commitment to explore an appropriate renewable energy buyback scheme for small to medium enterprises.'
'WA SEA looks forward to further discussion with The Western Australian Government 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, to heat the rocks beneath our communities, and to blow past us!' says Dr Wills.
Dr Ray Wills 0430 365 607
1. The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) is a chamber of businesses boasting a growing membership of 240 industry members from a diversity of businesses, and now the largest state-based industry body of its kind in Australia. www.wasea.com.au.