Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 - Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES)
The solar peak bodies, the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today again called on the NSW Government to share their solar figures as promised in a meeting with Minister Hartcher on 20 May 2011.

The solar peak bodies have presented to the Government financial analysis that shows hundreds of millions of dollars in savings as an alternative to the Government terminating solar contracts with 120,000 households.

“We need the latest figures from Treasury to confirm our analysis and these were promised at our meeting with Minister Hartcher,” said AuSES CEO John Grimes.

“We have repeatedly requested this information from the Government but they have not responded.”

“Our last resort is a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, which we have now officially lodged,” said SEIA President Ged McCarthy.

“We are trying to work with the Government to save the existing solar household contracts and to ensure a strong future for solar in NSW, and the 8,000 plus jobs on the line.”

“Without open transparency it is hard for the NSW householders and MP’s to know what are the real facts around solar in NSW,” said Grimes.

AuSES and SEIA are today finalizing a contract with one of the “big four” accounting firms to get an independent review of the numbers.

The solar industry presented last week the Smart Solar Strategy to the Government, which is a detailed analysis identifying flaws in the Government figures and showing savings of at least $455m.

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Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES)


Since 1954, the Society has worked as a not-for-profit national organisation dedicated to promoting the use of solar energy in Australia. Our members include academics and researchers, the solar industry, and the general public.
Vivienne Kelly/ Susan Fitzpatrick
P: (02) 8006 0424 (Office)
M: 0400 246 010 (Susan)
W: www.auses.org.au

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


SEIA was formed in 2007 in response to demand from within the industry. Installers who felt they wanted to be unified and represented under one banner with their interests at heart; manufacturers and importers of panels, inverters, batteries etc who wanted to support and grow the solar industry; retailers, researchers and lobbyists who requested a union of like-minded professionals so that all the various interests and concerns of the solar industry could be effectively reflected under one roof.

W: www.seia.org.au

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