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Greens and Labour steal National’s solar policy

Hon Dr Nick Smith MP
National Party Environment Spokesman

23 May 2008

Greens and Labour steal National’s solar policy

National’s Environment spokesman Nick Smith welcomes Labour’s adoption of National’s policy on solar water heating systems to double the $500 grant to $1000 and to simplify the grant system, as announced today by the Greens.

“The Government’s switch on its policy, announced 18 months ago, has been an embarrassing failure, resulting as it did in the first ever drop in solar installations.

“National is pleased to have come to the rescue with a more pragmatic policy, which has now been adopted.”

National Party Leader John Key and Dr Smith announced on March 28 that a future National Government would double the household solar water grant and simplify the system for the grants and for getting building consents.

“However, this doubling of the grant will not work unless we also deal with the bureaucracy of getting building consents for solar systems.

“I urge the Government to adopt National’s approach of not requiring building consents, as was the case prior to the Building Act 2004, and instead regulating quality through accredited installers.

“We are not bothered that the Government keeps stealing our policies in so many areas. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

“Our message to voters will be to cut out the middleman.”


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