Investing In Renewable Energy Projects

Investing In Renewable Energy Projects

Member for Port Macquarie and Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, Leslie Williams has today welcomed the State Government’s policy to invest $290 million in energy efficiency projects and on-site electricity generation projects over the next 10 years.

The NSW Government is one of the biggest electricity consumers in the state. This new Government Resource Efficiency Policy will increase resource efficiency and free up funds for frontline Government services.

“I attended the Clean Energy Week launch in Sydney yesterday with Environment Minister Rob Stokes who addressed the conference announcing a new way forward that will slash the state government’s energy and water use, improve waste management and deliver cleaner air,” Mrs Williams said.

“The Government Resource Efficiency Policy is a great opportunity for the clean energy industry to do business with the NSW government.

“In meeting with renewable energy groups and businesses since becoming the Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, there has been an overwhelming message of wanting government to lead by example and this is now being implemented.

“The Minister outlined that under the new policy, all NSW government departments will undertake energy efficiency projects for 90 per cent of their billed energy use by 2023-24, reducing their energy bills across the NSW government by $55 million a year.”

The policy also demonstrates the Liberals & Nationals commitment to the renewable energy sector by including a requirement for six per cent of electricity for most agencies to come from GreenPower.

Mrs Williams also welcomed measures for NSW Government agencies who have small electricity contracts to identify sites where solar photovoltaic systems are feasible using a simple checklist.

“This information will be published by October 2015 to enable the solar industry to make market offers to agencies to install or lease solar systems across their sites.

“The policy covers all general government sector agencies who will publish a statement of their performance against the policy on an annual basis,” Mrs Williams said.

The Office of Environment and Heritage will assess whole-of-government performance and review the policy every two years.

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