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Tastex Blazes Trail for Community Solar Projects

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tags: Energy, Renewable Energy

Ms Woodruff to move —That the House:—

(1) Congratulates Taxtex Knitwear and Uniforms, a disability enterprise, that is now feeding energy into the Tasmanian grid, as well as producing high quality knitwear.

(2) Notes that following a successful crowd funding campaign last year, Tastex became Tasmania’s first community solar project, installing 30 KW of solar panels on the roof of their Glenorchy factory.

(3) Understands Tastex exceeded expectations, saving $2,166 in the first three months of operation compared with the same period the previous year, and is on target to save over $6,000 a year.

(4) Recognises the savings from the community solar farm will enable Tastex to continue to provide meaningful employment for Tasmanians with disabilities.

(5) Acknowledges Tasmania now has a proven collaborative model for community solar projects and hopefully Tastex will be the first of many community solar farms.

(6) Calls on the Liberal Government to support community solar projects, including by establishing a fair solar feed in tariff and a date for Tasmania to become 100% renewable, 100% of the time. (13 April 2017)