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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (31 May) . . Page.. 1378..

parking will be removed to make way for construction of the new amenities building as described in Question 3.

Solar power

(Question No 1557)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 1 May 2007:

(1) Given that in March 2007 the West Australian Parliament approved the Greens' Compulsory Solar Hot Water Bill which makes it compulsory to replace old water heaters with solar hot water systems, will the ACT Government consider implementing an initiative of this kind, given its stated commitment to promoting 'green' power sources in the ACT;

(2) Given the greater cost of solar hot water systems, would the Government be prepared to offer a rebate scheme for those changing to solar hot water;

(3) Can the Minister outline any steps the Government will be taking to encourage ACT residents to switch to solar power.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government does not at this stage intend to make it compulsory to replace hot water heaters with solar hot water systems as the costs are significantly higher for households. We do encourage solar hot water systems and provide rebates for installation.

(2) The ACT Government currently offers a rebate on solar hot water systems through the ACT Energy Wise Rebate program. We have recently changed our Energy Wise Rebate program to include solar hot water heaters. The cost of the first $1000 for a 5 star gas, electric heat pump, or solar hot water services that replace an electrical hot water service may now be used to calculate the $2000 expenditure on improvements eligible for the $500 rebate.

(3) The ACT currently offers a rebate on solar hot water systems through our energy audit rebate.

Gungahlin Drive extension

(Question No 1559)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 1 May 2007:

(1) In relation to the Gungahlin Drive extension and particularly the installation of traffic lights opposite Shannon Circuit, Kaleen, about which several constituent complaints have been received, has the Government conducted an impact study on the effect of these traffic lights on traffic flows, noise and pollution; if so, where can this study be accessed;

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