Solar hot water scheme scrapped

The state government’s solar hot water program is the latest energy efficiency program to run into trouble.
The state government’s solar hot water program is the latest energy efficiency program to run into trouble. Brett Wortman

THE State Government has scrapped its solar hot water program, putting hundreds of jobs at risk, the LNP said today.

LNP spokesman for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Jeff Seeney said hundreds of Queenslanders’ jobs were at risk and home owners had been left in the lurch.

“Once again the Bligh Labor Government has mismanaged a dud election promise into the ground,” he said.

“From the start the Minister bungled the roll out of this program, with less than one per cent of systems installed since the promise was made a year ago.

“This was a significant election promise that was hollow and empty from the start.

“We were told that this program would create 500 new jobs but the cut price program decimated the established solar hot water industry as homeowners put off upgrades while waiting for the Bligh Labor Government to get its election promise rolling.

“This bungled program undercut reputable Queensland businesses forcing them to put off staff.

“Every green scheme Labor has touched has been a dud and this program was no different.

The Daily reported last month how a promise made by Premier Anna Bligh to put 200,000 solar hot water systems into Queensland homes saw only 1610 units installed in the first six months the scheme was operating.

By comparison, the Sunshine Coast Daily-Sunshine Coast Environment Council solar challenge last year put solar panels on 1000 homes in just eight months in this region alone.

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