Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson says now is the time to push hard for renewable energy projects following the NSW Government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan Annual Report and the Federal Government announcement to fund wind and small solar projects through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.


Mr Anderson said this is great news for the renewable energy sector in the Tamworth Electorate.


“I encourage organisations and businesses to continue to develop and look into new technologies as energy security and energy diversity is a priority for the NSW Government in achieving a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supply for the state.


“I believe the Tamworth electorate is well placed to take a leading role. We have plenty of open space that can cater for solar and wind farms and we have communities that are focussed on renewables and looking after our environment.


Mr Anderson said this progress clearly shows NSW is open for business in the renewable energy sector with a target of 20% renewable energy by 2020.


“Around 35 per cent of renewable energy companies in Australia are based in NSW with the sector employing 4,900 people directly and supporting an estimated 14,800 jobs in 2014.


“The share of energy generation from solar, wind and bioenergy sources in NSW has more than doubled over the past four years since 2010.”


“Locally we’ve seen a massive push towards renewable energy, with solar projects planned in Gunnedah and Manilla as well as plenty of individual investment in to renewable projects.”


“We need to continue to invest in renewable energy and make sure that it plays an increasing role in the state’s energy supply mix.


“The time is right with assistance from the State and Federal Governments, to continue growing the renewable energy sector in the Tamworth electorate,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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