The Greens say strong industry interest in Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) large-scale solar funding is yet more evidence the Liberal Government must dump its plan to abolish ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
"Industry is clearly keen to get out of old energy seize the exciting job-rich opportunities Australia's vast clean energy potential presents," Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader, said.
"There was so much interest in the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's large-scale solar funding that the short list of projects, out today, is worth more than three times the amount of funding available.
"But instead of boosting funding to match the interest, the Liberal Government has put the entire Renewable Energy Agency, as well as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, on the chopping block in Parliament.
"The employment and trade opportunities of the 21st century are in clean energy, not the dying coal industry," Senator Di Natale said.