Greg Hunt pointing at greenery with MP Jason Wood.

Tony Abbott’s departure from the PMship last year has unleashed Greg Hunt’s inner greenie.

Two weeks ago the enviro minister was urging the nation’s cities to embark on major tree canopies to save on air con as global warming kicks in and starts to impact on the viability – and value – of our cities; it turns out people don’t shop when it’s too hot.

This week he’s showing off how green South Australia is – and claiming credit for it (we’re not complaining; we’re lapping it up!). Not only that but he made it clear there were still rebates averaging $3000 for solar rooftop panels as a bit of hint to those who have not yet jumped on the solar game. And furthermore that the budget initiative last year to allow instant tax write-off of up to $20,000 for small business investment doesn’t have to be limited to buying a new ute, as Abbott fans mentioned at the time; it can actually be used for energy efficiency.

Though we must note this enthusiasm has come just as Reputex revealed annual Australian emissions have increased for the first time in 10 years. No mention of that. Or that legislation to scrap some of the bodies responsible for the solar projects Hunt is lauding remains on the Parliament Notice Paper. No mention of that either.

In a media release landing fresh on Monday morning, Hunt proclaimed, “The Turnbull government is helping community groups in South Australia to do their bit for the environment at the same time as reducing their electricity bills.

“Seventeen community groups in the cities of Playford and Salisbury are to share $300,000 to install solar photovoltaic panel systems on their buildings under round two of the Solar Towns Programme [sic; the common spelling in Australia is program, but we will defend to the death this government’s right to mis-spell anything it wants, as long as it’s related to positive green news].

“The Solar Towns Programme [sic; but seriously, Abbott who rewound the style guide to Colonial Rule Days is gone now… unless the Gov thinks he’ll be back and they’re just saving on the stationery] is an opportunity for communities to reap the benefits of the Turnbull government’s investment in renewable energy,” Minister Hunt said.

But seriously what they’re doing in SA is great.

Hunt pointed out there were 17 projects generating “320KW of clean, renewable energy” that will help community organisations “lower their electricity bills and is also a great result for the environment”.

The government was providing $15 billion in support for renewables and lower emissions, Hunt said, pointing to “the nation’s two largest solar PV plants in Nyngan and Broken Hill, supported by $166.7 million of Australian government investment”.

“We also recently announced 22 solar projects shortlisted to receive funding under a $100 million large-scale solar PV competitive round.”

Hunt went on to point out that more than 1.4 million households have solar these days, thanks, in part, to the $3000 in rebates still available.

And on the $20,000 small business instant tax depreciation out of last year’s budget, Hunt mentioned it could be used for solar panels, solar hot water systems, heat pumps and storage (not just utes).

Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards chipped in with support for Hunt’s words and said he was “delighted to see community groups benefit from the Turnbull government’s investment in renewable energy”.

“I am pleased to see that the work to install an 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system on the building used by the Angle Vale Scout Group will deliver benefits to the community and the environment by saving energy, reducing emissions and lowering energy costs,” he said.

Here’s the full list of beneficiaries:

Community Organisation Project description
The Salvation Army (South Australia) Property Trust Install a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Parafield Gardens Community Club Inc Install a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Dutch Social And Welfare Club Inc. Install a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Royal Society For The Blind Of South Australia Inc Install a 20kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Para Hills Community Club Install a 20.8kW solar photovoltaic panel system
Greek Macedonian Social Club Florina Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
The Gardens Community Church Incorporated Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Salisbury Lutheran Church Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
C3 Church Salisbury Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
South Australian Poultry Association Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Elizabeth Grove Soccer And Sports Club Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Pooraka Football Club Inc Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Elizabeth Navy Club Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Faithworks Ministries Incorporated Install a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
St Vincent De Paul Society (SA) Install a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Munno Para Little Athletics Centre Install a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Angle Vale Scout Group Install a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Community OrganisationProject descriptionThe Salvation Army (South Australia) Property TrustInstall a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Parafield Gardens Community Club IncInstall a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Dutch Social And Welfare Club Inc.Install a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Royal Society For The Blind Of South Australia IncInstall a 20kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Para Hills Community ClubInstall a 20.8kW solar photovoltaic panel systemGreek Macedonian Social Club FlorinaInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.The Gardens Community Church IncorporatedInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Salisbury Lutheran ChurchInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.C3 Church SalisburyInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.South Australian Poultry AssociationInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Elizabeth Grove Soccer And Sports ClubInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Pooraka Football Club IncInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Elizabeth Navy ClubInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Faithworks Ministries IncorporatedInstall a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.St Vincent De Paul Society (SA)Install a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Munno Para Little Athletics CentreInstall a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.Angle Vale Scout GroupInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Community OrganisationProject description
The Salvation Army (South Australia) Property TrustInstall a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Parafield Gardens Community Club IncInstall a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Dutch Social And Welfare Club Inc.Install a 30kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Royal Society For The Blind Of South Australia IncInstall a 20kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Para Hills Community ClubInstall a 20.8kW solar photovoltaic panel system
Greek Macedonian Social Club FlorinaInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
The Gardens Community Church IncorporatedInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Salisbury Lutheran ChurchInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
C3 Church SalisburyInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
South Australian Poultry AssociationInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Elizabeth Grove Soccer And Sports ClubInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Pooraka Football Club IncInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Elizabeth Navy ClubInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Faithworks Ministries IncorporatedInstall a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
St Vincent De Paul Society (SA)Install a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Munno Para Little Athletics CentreInstall a 10kW solar photovoltaic panel system.
Angle Vale Scout GroupInstall a 18kW solar photovoltaic panel system.

One reply on “Hunt keeps talking clean and green”

  1. I’m glad that Mr Hunt is passionate, committed and hardworking to the “Green Cause”, but ask him if his portfolio includes reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions? Mr Hunt told me in Feb 2014 that it did not, and that this was the responsibility of the Minister for Industry.

    Mr Hunt has been fully briefed over four years about what is wrong with thermal performance claims for insulation materials and the well known flaws in House Energy Ratings, which was extensively revealed in the 2010 Senate Inquiry-Home Insulation Program, which I participated in.

    So upon coming to government, Mr Hunt became quickly disinterested in all I had warned of. I would call this opportunistic interest, and very typical of many politicians. It’s galling when elected representatives selectively avoid the public and national interest, and just let Industry run the show and write the Standards, which frequently mislead the public.

    Be very careful what you see with Greg Hunt.

    Furthermore, ask the Green Movement and the array of building energy efficiency experts, why they also are totally disinterested in challenging vested interests.

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