SA to receive jobs boost from solar27th Jul 2011
South Australian premier Mike Rann is expecting new government initiatives to cause significant job growth in the state’s clean energy sector.
The area is set to benefit from a wealth of private investment as SA strives to advance its local solar industry, including a revamp of the old Mitsubishi manufacturing plant at Tonsley Park.
Rann says: "We are expecting Tonsley Park to attract $1 billion in private investment over 15 years, with up to 8,600 people employed on the site and increasing gross state product by $400 million a year by 2026."
New jobs will largely come from the manufacturing industry as it increases its output of clean energy technology such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Rann's comments came as he toured the RPG Australia plant in south-west Victoria with federal minister for climate change and energy efficiency Greg Combet.
The plant is currently the site of a construction project featuring wind turbine towers that will form a new renewable energy farm.
Clean energy materials and components being manufactured in the region will help fuel economic growth and necessitate the creation of new jobs.
The government's $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation aims to facilitate a shift to renewable energy by encouraging the manufacturing industry to enter the market with clean commercial products.
The market focus will help the deployment of products that reduce the carbon footprint of big businesses and everyday Australians at home.
Further support will come from a $3.2 billion fund for research and development to improve existing processes as well as create new technologies.
The manufacturing sector will be able to benefit from these funds, allowing for Australia to build its own solar industry, rather than relying solely on offshore development and resources.
Rann says that the state is already making significant progress in contributing to the nation's clean energy vision.
"In South Australia, we are committed to increasing our use of renewable energy, and have achieved our target of having 20 per cent of electricity generated within the state coming from renewable energy, three years ahead of our own goal and nine years ahead of the rest of Australia," he says.
As a result, the target has been revised to 33 per cent renewable electricity generation.
Premier Rann also noted that South Australia's renewable energy industry was virtually non-existant existent just a decade ago.
Solar Power News CategoriesGovernment Rebate & Regulations
Solar Power & Technology
More Solar Power & TechnologyAustralia to be a part of huge Asian renewable energy growth
SunPower steps up to make solar more affordable
Canberra makes strides toward carbon neutrality
GTM puts solar's massive growth in perspective
Examining Australia's falling solar PV rooftop prices
Australia's shift toward renewable energy picks up the pace
Australia shines at solar decathlon
University of Queensland tapped as lead researcher on massive solar project
100 per cent renewable energy is possible in 10 years, environmental group says
Climate Commission releases report on solar progress
Aussie government actually shows spine for solar power
Be gone, skeptics: One million solar installations and counting
Australia embarks on its greatest solar journey ever
Australia looks to solar thermal for commercial success
Solar power helps King Island reach 100% sustainability
Australians 'heavy supporters of solar power'
Mildura solar plant officially unveiled
Solar power trumps other renewables in Australian minds
Sunshine Coast solar farm "fantastic initiative"
Sunshine Coast cashes in on namesake with solar plans
Energy storage 'could maximise solar power utility'
Solar powered family car - a world first?
Code of conduct for solar installers in the works
'Stop punishing households' for solar PV
Australian solar companies 'adjusting well'
Australian mining 'next solar frontier'
"Rooftop revolution" underway across Australia
Global PV market emerging from sluggish period
Royalla solar farm receives final approval
Leadership challenge a "debacle" for Australian solar power
Solar power giving global renewables a helping hand
Australia's largest CPV solar power plant up and running
Renewable energy misinformation "staggering"
CEC: Don't underestimate consumer desire for solar
Setting energy efficient examples on TV
Solar PV brightening up household bills
World's largest solar powered boat on the move
Climate change is heating up
The global solar power shift
New solar tech win for NSW
Industry orgs praise City of Sydney solar efforts
Clean Energy Council supports Regional Renewables scheme
Asian nations emerging as PV leaders
Solar PV demand continues to grow
Regional areas of Australia to receive more renewables
Australia's significant renewable energy growth
Solar panel reprieve for Queensland
New funding for solar research
Find love with sustainable speed dating
New Victorian solar power deal