Australian Solar Council welcomes NSW Labor’s plan to make Hunter Region a renewables hub


The Australian Solar Council strongly supports NSW Labor’s vision of the Hunter as a national hub for solar and renewable energy.

“Clean energy is the future for the Hunter region,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council. “Clean energy will provide the jobs of the future, driven by innovation, research and development.”


“Newcastle’s reputation as a national centre of excellence for solar and renewable energy has been significantly undermined by the Abbott Government’s trail of clean energy destruction - abolishing the Clean Technology Program and attempting to destroy the Renewable Energy Target, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.”

“The Australian Solar Council welcomes NSW Labor’s promise of additional funding for the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, the Hunter Clean Tech Innovation Taskforce and to Hunter TAFE to build clean tech skills.”

“The $10 million commitment to energy storage through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources at the University of Newcastle is particularly welcomed,” said John Grimes, who is also the CEO of the Australian Energy Storage Council, the new peak body for the energy storage industry in Australia.

“Energy storage brings exciting new opportunities for the energy industry and for energy consumers. Deployed wisely, it can significantly bring down electricity costs and make the electricity network more robust, flexible and reliable,” said Mr Grimes.

“Newcastle residents know solar saves money and creates jobs. More than 220,000 people in the federal electorate of Newcastle have slashed their power bills by installing solar panels or solar hot water systems,” said Mr Grimes.