Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
The Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, to re-open the Solar Flagships Program for PV projects.

The Chief Executive of AuSES, John Grimes, said: “This is a common sense decision from Minister Ferguson. The solar game has changed – the cost of solar panels has fallen dramatically and, separately, BP has made a global decision to exit the solar industry. Now is the time to re-test the market with shortlisted companies.”

“AuSES welcomes the extension of time for the Solar Dawn solar thermal project in Queensland. It is extraordinarily difficult to get financing for large-scale infrastructure projects globally, and Big Solar is no different.”

“The decision to re-open the Solar Flagships Program is not a get-out-of-jail-free-card for the Federal Government or for solar companies. It is important that we get timely, value for money, iconic solar projects from this program. Now is the time to quickly regroup and deliver.”

“Substantial taxpayer funds have been allocated to the Solar Flagships Program and it is critical that these funds are well spent as soon as possible.”

"Without Solar Flagships, Australia risks falling behind in the transition to solar energy as countries around the globe install massive Big Solar projects many times the size of these. Solar Flagships is essential for our energy future."

“As a national voice for the solar industry, the Australian Solar Energy Society again calls for the early establishment of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will drive investment in Big Solar.”

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has estimated the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, backed by a price on carbon pollution, could help deliver 5 gigawatts (5,000 megawatts) of large-scale solar photovoltaics and 2 gigawatts (2,000 megawatts) of large-scale solar thermal by 2020, on top of many gigawatts of residential and commercial solar.

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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.
Susan Fitzpatrick-Napier
P: +61 2 8006 0424


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