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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Solar Hot Water Program

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Tuesday, March 09, 2010

    Solar Hot Water Program

    Energy Minister Stephen Robertson today announced the State Government would close its Solar Hot Water Program due to significant changes to the Federal Government’s Solar Hot Water Rebate Program, but remained committed to the development of an alternative scheme as soon as possible.

    Mr Robertson said while the cancellation was deeply regrettable, the State Government was committed to finding an alternative scheme.

    “We have stated from the outset that our Program relied on the continuation of the Federal Government’s Solar Hot Water Rebate Program,” Mr Robertson said.

    “Unfortunately, following the Federal Government’s recent decision to end its solar hot water program, the Queensland Government was left with no alternative but to end our Program.

    “The decision by the federal government to reduce their solar hot water rebate from $1600 to $1000 and further reduce the heat pump rebate from $1000 to $600 would leave a huge funding gap.

    “The reduction would mean that the Queensland government would have to find over $100 million to bridge this gap if we were to meet our target of installing 200,000 solar hot water systems during the term of this government.”

    “We are not walking away from our commitment to support solar technology and will continue to find an alternative to see more Queenslanders access affordable solar hot water.”

    Mr Robertson said the State Government would ensure that customers who had a signed contract with existing suppliers on or before 19 February 2010, would have their contracts honoured.

    “We remain committed to current customers in the Program who have signed a contract with a supplier, and are awaiting an installation.

    “And we will continue to send receipts to customers who have had an installation completed under the Program, so they can meet the Federal Government’s March 19 deadline.

    “Further, I have written to the Federal Government asking that it consider extending this deadline so people can get their Federal Government refund.”

    Mr Robertson said it was unfortunate that not all those who had expressed interest in participating in the Queensland Solar Hot Water Program, would be assisted.

    “However, it was necessary to review the scheme in the context of the wider changes,” he said.

    Customers who currently have a paid and signed contract can contact the Solar Hot Water Program hotline on 13 25 23 for further information.

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