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Senator the Hon Penny Wong
Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water

Sharryn Jackson MP
Member for Hasluck
PW 125/10 SOLAR PROJECT LIGHTS UP PERTH ARTS PRECINCT Approximately 200 solar panels have been installed across the roof of a major Perth arts studio, in a Perth Solar City project that will cut 94 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Located at the former Railway Workshops buildings in Perth’s east, the Midland Atelier arts studio will use the 201 solar panels to run lighting and equipment used by residents of the creative precinct, such as photographers, fashion designers and artists. The project is an initiative of Perth Solar City – one of seven Solar Cities across Australia funded by the Federal Government. The $94 million Solar Cities initiative encourages households, industry and the community to work together to find ways to better use and conserve energy. Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the 60 kilowatt installation at Midland Atelier would generate electricity equivalent to the power needs of more than 15 homes. “This Perth community is playing its part in reducing Australia’s emissions,’’ Senator Wong said. “With these solar panels, Midland Atelier will generate enough electricity to run the lighting and equipment needed by the resident artisans. “This is an example of the clean renewable energy sources we want to promote under our target for 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply to come from renewable sources by 2020.’’ Ms Jackson said the Midland Atelier workshops, built in the early 1900s, would now be at the forefront of new technology. The solar panels have been installed on the rooves of The Foundry and Pattern Shop buildings. “This Perth project is an example of the type of collaborations that we need as we learn to adapt and build Australia’s resilience to our changing climate,’’ Ms Jackson said. The Midland Atelier Solar installation is a $500,000 project jointly funded by the Federal Government and the Western Australian State Government. To date, the nation’s seven Solar Cities projects have completed 6300 energy audits and installed more than 2700 kilowatts of photovoltaic solar panels. For more information about the Solar Cities Program visit: www.environment.gov.au/solarcities. 28 May 2010

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