The PM is confident that reaching Paris emission targets “will be a canter”. With the death of the NAG (I mean the NEG), “a canter” is a worry. The Energy Policy Form Guide is in tatters and jockey Angus Taylor is saddled up on ‘Clean Coal’, hot to trot. Yikes!
The Everest Cup may be on the PM’s mind, but punters have fingers crossed that ‘Marginal Seat’ will romp home in the ‘Wentworth Derby’ on October 20. The winning jockey doesn’t matter. Red, green, blue or rainbow, we want a message sent to Canberra to get a grip.
Amongst many things, we need a bipartisan energy and climate policy to protect agriculture, industry, natural treasures (like the Great Barrier Reef) and our kids’ future. Community, local councils and business are leading the renewable energy race while NSW and Federal Governments canter in the opposite direction.
Goulburn Community Solar Farm has passed all the statuary hurdles and is one step away from a public share offer. CE4G has done the hard yards for three years and the community will fund over 60 percent of the build cost. A little help from the NSW Government would get it over the line. Twelve months ago private company Southern Meats received $2.1 million from ARENA for their Biogas Plant. CE4G is asking much less for public infrastructure.
The Community Solar Farm is a model for local energy generation, has strong regional support and aligns with council priorities. Why shouldn’t Goulburn host the nation’s first large scale community owned solar farm? Or will that prize go to the ACT?