Another completely irrational “climate change” money waster. Even in sun-beaten Australia solar power is simply too dilute to be competitive with our superabundant coal and natural gas supplies. Expensive, high-maintenance and pointless. That’s why they use the alleged justification of carbon constraint to avoid catastrophic global warming but that dog won’t hunt either.
THE federal government is paying 10 times its carbon price to cut greenhouse gas emissions at thousands of schools, according to a highly critical audit that warns of safety risks under the program.
Labor’s election pledge to install solar panels in every school has emerged as one of the most expensive schemes to reduce emissions, prompting the Auditor-General to question the policy’s cost and value for money.
The audit challenges big claims made during the 2007 election campaign, when Labor promised to make “an important contribution to the planet” by giving every school $50,000 to spend on solar panels and other equipment.
While Labor’s carbon tax will cost $23 for every tonne of emissions, the Solar Schools program will cost about $284 per tonne in an estimate that is likely to understate the “considerable” cost of the scheme, the audit concludes.
Policy experts cited the new audit as grounds for concern. “If you’re really about reducing greenhouse gases, you should be doing it as cheaply as possible so you can get the most abatement,” said Frontier Economics managing director Danny Price.
“This type of scheme makes no economic sense whatsoever. It’s just ridiculous in terms of the total cost of abatement.”