The Nature Conservation Council of NSW urges the NSW Government to follow the State Opposition’s lead and commit to a solar feed-in tariff.
“A solar feed-in tariff is a practical way for NSW to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and move towards a more sustainable, less coal-dependent energy future,” Cate Faehrmann, executive director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW said today.
“About 90 per cent of NSW’s electricity comes from burning coal and it is time the State Government helped address climate change by investing in less polluting power sources.
“Feed-in tariffs reward households, small businesses and community groups generating and supplying green energy for the whole grid. The NSW Government can empower ordinary people to help combat climate change by producing zero emissions power.
“NSW has an abundance of wind and solar resources, and is well placed to capitalise on the economic opportunities created by developing the renewable energy sector. Sourcing 25 per cent of the state’s power from renewable energy alone would create $9 billion in new investment and reduce electricity sector emissions by 13 per cent.
“Victoria, South Australia and the ACT have all implemented feed-in tariffs – it is time NSW joined them in this renewable energy opportunity,” Ms Faehrmann said.