The Greens’ Clean Energy Roadmap outlines the policies we need to transition WA to 100 per cent renewable energy by the year 2029.
On conservative estimates, to transition WA’s south-west interconnected grid to renewables will create between 22,000 and 26,860 jobs. This is more than three times as many jobs as the current number of people employed in coal, oil and gas extraction in WA.
These will be highly-skilled local jobs in growth industries including rooftop photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar pv farms, wind, wave, geothermal and biomass energy, energy storage and energy efficiency.
This is the Greens’ latest costed policy supporting the Greens’ ‘WA 2.0’ – a complete set of costed policies to enhance WA’s future which we are yet to see either of the old parties produce.
Our Clean Energy Roadmap includes four key planks:
• Setting the WA renewable energy target (RET) to 100% by 2029 and increasing the national RET to 90%;
• Increasing Clean Energy Finance Corporation funding to $30 billion over 10 years, of which WA, with its massive solar resources would be a major winner (Mr Abbott has said he would abolish CEFC funding);
• Introducing a new ‘fairer price for solar’ initiative to prevent unfair treatment of renewable energy installers (as recently attempted by the Barnett Government); and
• Creating five new Renewable Energy Zones in WA, including Perth, the Mid-West, Goldfields, Pilbara, Great Southern and Collie.
Since we launched the Greens’ technical plan for 100 per cent renewable energy, Energy 2029, in February 2013 — the cost of renewable energy technologies globally has kept falling, including most recently a 25 per cent drop in the price of concentrated solar thermal plants, a technology for which WA is ideally suited.
The Greens are leading the way to WA’s clean energy future and we call on the old parties to follow.