More than $8 million in funding will be provided to support a renewable energy program in Australia’s Queensland district.
CANBERRA, ACT, Australia, 2001-04-03 <SolarAccess.com> The federal funding will support the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program Working Property Rebate Scheme in Queensland, according to Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Minister Warren Truss. “The Queensland Working Property Rebate Scheme is an innovative renewable energy program that will provide rebates of up to 65 percent for the installation of renewable energy technologies in some of the most remote parts of Queensland,” says Truss. “The WPRS is estimated to reduce diesel usage in 14 shires by up to 8 million litres and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 21,600 tonnes over the 20 year life of the renewable energy systems.” The federal government will contribute up to $150,000 of each rebate, an increase of $50,000 over the original request made by the Queensland government, to allow families to install larger power systems more suited to property needs. “The scheme will reduce reliance on diesel power generation at sites not serviced by the main electricity grid,” he adds. “Rebates of up to $175,000 will be provided for family-owned properties in 14 shires of Western and Northern Queensland,” namely Barcoo, Boulia, Bullo, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Diamantina, Mareeba, McKinley, Mount Isa, Quilpie and Winton. “This is a welcome outcome and I’m pleased we were able to take into account the concerns of remote power users during negotiations before we responded to the Queensland Government’s proposal,” he adds. “The WPRS will also ensure the accreditation of power system suppliers.” “The WPRS will provide remote area families with access to 24-hour power for refrigeration, lighting and communications and is important to improving health, education and employment opportunities in remote areas,” says Truss. “Remote properties will also reduce their reliance on diesel fuel and move towards clean, renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” The Queensland Scheme is the third program to be approved under the federal Renewable Remote Power Generation Program, which has received $23 million in funding to date.