Greens giving Queenslanders the power with a state Renewable Energy Target

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters and Queensland Greens energy spokesperson Scott Thomson today launched the Greens' policy for a Queensland Renewable Energy Target (RET), at the Brisbane Climate Action Rally.

"We need a Queensland RET to ensure that the great take up of renewable energy in our Sunshine State continues, regardless of Tony Abbott's attacks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Queensland has the most solar panels in the country - we reached more than 400 000 solar panels on Queensland homes this week, more than 20 per cent of households.

"Queenslanders are taking control of their power bills with solar panels, creating thousands of local jobs in solar installation.

"Under the federal RET, having a solar panel on your roof reduces your bills by about 65 per cent and installing a solar panel costs $2600 less.

"The Greens want to make sure that Queenslanders can continue to save money through solar, regardless of Tony Abbott's attacks, by developing a state RET, with the target set at 90 per cent by 2030.

"Under our plan, solar household programs would be expanded so that people with low incomes and people in rental accommodation and public housing would be able to benefit from having solar panels," Senator Waters said.

Queensland Greens energy spokesperson, Scott Thomson, said the Queensland RET would lead a transition away from the current fossil fuel monopoly network to a sustainable, distributed network model.

"Instead of the big electricity companies wasting money on expensive 'poles and wires' networks, driving up Queenslanders' bills, a renewable energy model would be more distributed and localised, reducing transmission losses and costs.

"Our state RET would encourage more solar installation and wind farm construction, creating local jobs.

"While the Newman Government is planning to deregulate electricity, giving the big electricity companies the power to set our power bills; the Greens want to give the power to Queenslanders, so they can save on their power bills through renewable energy," Mr Thomson said.