Solar power gets boost from Budget

The rise of solar power and other sustainable electricity options has been highlighted in a federal Budget announcement which emphasises the importance of support for the country's sustainable energy sector.

Solar options for consumers can help with mitigating some of the symptoms of rising electricity prices - especially in light of the coming carbon tax initiative.

The Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) has welcomed the support of the development of solar industries in this week's (May 8) federal Budget, saying that the move will "supercharge solar".

AuSES praised the Clean Energy Future package in particular as being important in the rise of sustainable energy, with its schemes that allow households and businesses to take advantage of rebates and grants to boost the power grid.

The Renewable Energy Target is also an important existing measure, aiming to have the country using 20 per cent clean energy by the year 2020.

This initiative is designed to speed up the adoption of renewable energy practises and technology, with the majority of investment likely to be in rural areas.

AuSES chief executive John Grimes stated yesterday (May 9): "Solar power makes sense economically and environmentally and the Budget provides the basis for investment in Big Solar right across Australia."

Posted by Charlie Moore