Dusan Ivankovic Gracanin

Solar firms tell Abbott to keep renewable energy target

NEARLY 200 solar industry businesses in Queensland have written an open letter calling on the Abbott Government to maintain the Renewable Energy Target.

The letter was sent to all federal senators this week, signed by 191 Queensland businesses, of some 470 solar industry players across the country.

It calls on the government not to proceed with recommendations to water down the RET, as proposed by the coal industry and the recent Warburton Review of the target.

The head of the Australian Solar Council, which co-ordinated the letter with new campaign group Solar Citizens, said removing the target could threaten the industry.

ASC chief executive John Grimes said most of the 4500 solar businesses in Australia were small and medium sized enterprises and changing the target could put the "entire industry in jeopardy".

Solar Citizens director Claire O'Rourke said more than 370,000 Queensland homes already had installed solar power to cut their electricity bills.

"Instead of favouring the interests of big energy, the government needs to stand up for Queensland businesses and keep the target strong," she said.

The government is yet to officially respond to the Warburton report, which has also divided big business, some of which want the target retained, while others want it reduced or abandoned.

- APN NEWSDESK



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