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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Queenslanders receive $3.5 million from Solar Bonus Scheme

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

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

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Queenslanders receive $3.5 million from Solar Bonus Scheme

    Premier Anna Bligh today announced that Queenslanders had received more than $3.52 million in credits on their electricity bills under the Government’s Solar Bonus Scheme.

    The Queensland Government’s Solar Bonus Scheme has been an outstanding success with more than 22,400 electricity customers signing up since the program began on 1 July 2008.

    “Queenslanders are doing the bright thing and embracing the clean power of the sun to save money on their power bills,” she said.

    The Solar Bonus Scheme pays customers 44 cents per kilowatt-hour for all surplus electricity generated by their roof-top solar PV panel systems that is exported to the Queensland electricity grid.

    “Before we started, there were approximately 1.5 megawatts of connected solar generating capacity in Queensland and about 1,200 customers with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panel systems.

    “At the end of March 2010, we have nearly 36 megawatts of connected generating capacity and more than 22,400 customers reaping the benefits of participating in the Solar Bonus Scheme.

    “That’s a staggering 2400 per cent increase in connected solar generating capacity in less than two years.

    “Just nine months ago I released the Renewable Energy Plan for Queensland which set a goal of producing 40 megawatts of solar PV by 2020. We have exceeded all expectations and by the end of March 2010 have almost reached 36 megawatts of solar PV.

    “Queensland households have reaped the rewards earning 44 cents for every kilowatt they feed back into the grid and by receiving more than $3.52 million in credits on their electricity bills.

    “With initiatives such as this, we are quickly transforming Queensland into the solar state.”

    Mr Robertson said Queenslanders have shown they are keen to harness the free, clean energy of the sun for use in their homes and businesses.

    “Not only do they save on electricity bills — they get paid for excess electricity fed back to the grid and also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    “This all helps boost the State’s use of renewable energy, encourage energy efficiency and stimulate the solar power industry in Queensland.”

    Mr Robertson said participating households and small businesses receive credits on their electricity bills for any additional power they generate for the grid.

    “The take-up rate for the scheme continues to be very encouraging, particularly as more than 6,500 new customers have signed up this year alone.”

    Customers wishing to reap the benefits of the Solar Bonus Scheme should contact their electricity retailer to sign-up to participate in the scheme.

    For more information, visit the Solar Bonus Scheme website at:http://www.cleanenergy.qld.gov.au/solar_bonus_scheme.cfm

    13 April 2010

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