Hundreds of Western Australians working in the renewable energy industry could lose their jobs and solar PV system costs will rise if the Abbott Government scraps the Renewable Energy Target warned Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam.
The Government is currently reviewing the RET, which is designed to deliver 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020, but any change to the current target could spell disaster for the solar panel industry in WA.
In a further blow to the renewable energy industry, solar retailer Solargain today voiced their concerns to Senator Ludlam about the potential impact on the solar industry if the RET was scrapped.
"The CEO of Solargain has today put a face to a very real threat that jobs in WA will go under the Abbott Government," said Mr Ludlam.
"Australia-wide that could mean 6,750 jobs added to the already thousands of job cut in the car, airline and manufacturing industry.
"They don't want the Government to bail them out with hand-outs, they want Government regulation to ensure viability and stability of Australia's renewable energy future."
Mr Ludlam said Australia-wide more than 12,000 jobs would be lost if the RET was abolished.