The Queensland Government will bulk-buy solar power systems in order to resell them to householders at heavily discounted prices.
Premier Anna Bligh announced today that the Government would purchase at least 1,000 solar power systems and sell them back to Queenslanders. Under the scheme, householders are expected to save up to $3,500. This should reduce the average cost of a one kilowatt installation from $13,000 to $9,500. Homeowners will still be eligible for the Federal Government’s $8,000 rebate – reducing their total outlay to just $1,500.
The scheme was proposed by the Queensland Council for Climate Change which includes Dr Tim Flannery, 2007 Australian of the Year.
The Premier also announced that, in future, all proposals to the Queensland Cabinet must include an assessment of climate change impacts by the Office of Climate Change and that these assessments will be made public.