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Barnett must back solar plant for Kalgoorlie – Greens

WA Greens have called for the Mungari industrial estate to host the biggest solar power station in the southern hemisphere despite the opposition of the Department of State Development.

Robin Chapple, MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region, said the solar power project proposed by Investec Bank Australia would bring great benefits to the people of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie.

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$10b for renewable energy a step closer

Jillian Broadbent's expert review for the design of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation strongly endorses the Greens' efforts to make this world-leading investment in renewable energy a reality through the Clean Energy Package negotiations.

"Australians are famous early adopters of new technology and we love renewable energy in particular, but renewable energy has been held back in Australia by successive government. So I am sure the CEFC will prove to be enduringly popular," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Renewable Energy Target and carbon price work hand in hand

"Governments and experts around the world who are serious about climate action understand that carbon pricing needs to be go hand in hand with industry and R&D policies that stimulate the development of the clean technology alternatives," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"The climate scientists' warnings are only getting more urgent. That means we need both carbon pricing and industry policy working together towards 100% renewable energy and deep cuts in emissions as fast as possible.

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Native forests reprieve as Oakeshott defeated

Parliament today rejected Rob Oakeshott's motion to disallow regulations on renewable energy that form a key part of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee's agreement from last July.

The regulations, which Mr Oakeshott sought to disallow but which are now law, ensure that native forest furnaces cannot be counted as producing renewable energy - a major win for the climate and for protection of forests and wildlife habitat.

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Momentum for Clean Energy Finance Corporation is good news for jobs, economy & climate

The announcement of Sydney as the base for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a key plank of the agreement for a carbon price between the Greens and the Gillard government, is good news for jobs, the economy and the climate, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is one of the most important planks of the carbon price agreement delivered by the Greens and the government," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Senate supports motion to reinstate and extend solar hot water scheme

A Greens motion calling on the government to immediately reinstate and extend the scrapped solar hot water rebate passed the Senate today with support from the Opposition.

"The outcry from the community and industry shows that the government has made the wrong decision here and should act quickly to reinstate and extend support for solar hot water," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Dreyfus must reinstate and extend solar hot water scheme

The Gillard Government has sent precisely the wrong signal for the move to a clean energy economy by cancelling support for solar hot water at 5pm last night, and must immediately reinstate and extend the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme, the Australian Greens said today.

"Solar hot water is a great Australian clean, green manufacturing industry, exporting to the world and helping householders to cut their power bills and their greenhouse footprint," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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