Clean industry projects to drive job growth in SA

South Australian’s renewable energy industry is expected to open up thousands of jobs for workers.

During a visit to a wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in Adelaide, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet said the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will play a vital role in unlocking significant new private investment into clean energy projects in the state.

Mr Combet said investments may include assistance for businesses manufacturing components for clean energy projects.

Also in attendance was Australian Premier Mike Rann who noted that the government’s investment in clean industry projects, including the transformation of the old Mitsubishi site at Tonsley Park will also see job growth for the renewable sector.

Mr Rann said the project will see Tonsley Park become a hub for innovative companies in sustainable technologies.

Tonsley Park is expected to attract approximately $1 billion in private investment over 15 years with Gross State Product is expected to rise by $400 million a year by 2026.

Mr Rann said that the transformed site will employ up to 8600 people.

Earlier this month Mr Combet visited New South Wales’ Hunter region to reassure industry workers that they will be no worst off under the carbon tax, the Newcastle Herald reported.

The Climate Change Minister said the tax will help transform emissions-intensive industries and create jobs for the Hunter region.

‘‘The carbon price package includes strong support for jobs in the Hunter, including in the aluminum sector and in coal mines which emit high levels of methane gas,’’ Mr Combet said in the report.

‘‘The program is designed to help emissions-intensive industries which have strong international competition, like aluminium and many other parts of manufacturing, to make a smooth shift to a clean energy future.’’

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