ACT in the dark on solar manufacturing

Work begins on the Mugga Lane Solar Plant (ABC)

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has complained about solar manufacturers leaving Australia, according to the ABC.

The comments come as the Chinese owned Mugga Lane Solar Park opened on the outside of ACT, owned by Maoneng. The new plant will provide energy for 1000 homes and help contribute to the state’s 100 per cent renewable energy target. 

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury said praised Maoneng’s contribution to the local economy while calling for more local solar manufacturing.

“Maoneng has made a significant contribution to the local economy, they bought the land from the ACT Government and they’re continuing to feed development back into the Territory,” he said.

“[But] it is frustrating that Australia has not been at the forefront of manufacture.”

However, solar cell installer company Solar Hub head Ben Masters, said that almost all of Australia’s solar farms are wholly or partially foreign owned.

“In some of our research institutions we’re world leaders in the space of photovoltaics and even battery chemistry, but a lot of the commercialisation of these things…ends up happening overseas,” Masters said.

“People haven’t been willing in Australia to invest in these types of companies because the regulatory environment has been so inconsistent.”

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