SSS campaign end of year party

7 12 2009

Our last meeting for the year will be an opportunity to catch up for drinks on Thursday, 17 December at Tsubu bar, The University of Melbourne. PriceWaterhouseCoopers has announced that the administration decision will be made public on 14 December. We will be discussing where to take this campaign after a conclusion has been reached on Solar Systems. All are welcome. Here are the details:

When: Thursday 17 December 2009
Where: Tsubu Bar in the 1888 Building, The University of Melbourne. 169 Grattan St. (near the intersection of Bouverie St.) Enter from either Swanston or Grattan street.

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The Age – news story on Save Solar Systems

30 11 2009

Save Solar Systems was featured in a story in yesterday’s Sunday Age (29 November).

Chris Breen and David Turner from the campaign were quoted in the following exerpt:

”Save Solar Systems” campaign spokesman Chris Breen said organisers wanted the Government to immediately intervene to guarantee that the company’s Abbotsford factory would remain open, the redundant workers reinstated and the solar power plant built.

”We want the Government to step in and do whatever it takes to make the Mildura solar power plant happen,” Mr Breen said.

”If Solar Systems folds, no other company in Australia currently has the technological capability to build the plant. If we don’t get large-scale renewable energy there, then when and where will we get it?”

One sacked worker, Diamond Creek engineer David Turner, is relying on the Government to ensure the plant goes ahead so he can get his job back. ”We knew the company was trying to raise money but we didn’t think the situation was so dire,” he said. ”The point is the technology is here and we just need a bit more willpower to get it over the line.”

The article also mentions our public meeting to be held this Thursday 3 December, from 6:30 pm at Fitzroy Town Hall. This will be the last opportunity to have your say about the future of Solar Systems before the administrators make their decision on what will happen to the company and the 154 MW Mildura power plant.





Next event: Public Meeting

18 11 2009

RSVP on the Facebook event profile here, or join our Facebook group here.





Campaign organising meetings – new time and venue

1 11 2009

Hi,

For those of you who are interested in playing an integral role in the campaign, you are most welcome to attend our regular organising meetings.

We are pleased to announce that the convenient new venue for our meetings is Curtin Hotel, opposite Trades Hall on Lygon Street, Melbourne.

We will continue to meet on Sundays as always. The meetings will now kick off later in the day, at 4:30 pm.

Our group consists of a diverse bunch representing various value systems and affiliations. We welcome newcomers from all walks of life.

Hope to see you there!





Media release: Hundreds to rally over Government failure to support solar energy as administration deadline for company Solar Systems expires

30 10 2009

MEDIA RELEASE 30 October 2009 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hundreds of people are expected to rally outside the State Parliament building today to demand government assistance to Solar Systems as the company’s administration period comes to a close. Solar Systems was contracted to manufacture solar arrays for Australia’s first large scale solar project, a 154 MW solar power plant proposed for Mildura which would have been capable of powering 45,000 households.

Former Solar Systems employee David Turner said that the barriers to transitioning to a renewable energy future are political – rather than technological.

“Solar Systems is the world’s leading concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) electricity producer, with large scale solar power stations operating in the field since 2003. Engineers have already largely solved the technological problems that large scale solar CPV faces, the Government must now show the foresight to commit the framework that solves the social and economic barriers that renewables contend against in Australia,” he said.

Sana Bau from the Save Solar Systems campaign said that the climate crisis demands investment in renewable technologies.

“The coal industry is set gain billions in taxpayer funded compensation when the CPRS comes into effect. The $125m committed to Solar Systems pales in comparison, yet the Government won’t spare this amount,” she said.

“Australia has the highest per capita emissions in the world. However, Australia could start to redeem its track record by supporting the development of effective, demonstrated technologies. Solar Systems is at the head of its field for renewables.”

Matthew Wright, Beyond Zero Emissions campaigner said that Solar Systems technology is of enormous value to Australia and the world.

“World leading technology from Solar Systems has a demonstrated track record. Australia must take advantage of its home grown technology to help this nation – and the world – transition to a decarbonised energy future,” he said.

Chris Breen from the Save Solar Systems campaign said that renewables are a better solution to climate change than emissions trading.

“Stuff the CPRS, build the Mildura Solar Power plant. It is likely that building the Mildura solar power plant will have more impact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than Labor’s carbon trading legislation,” he said.

He added, “Instead of supporting renewable energy jobs, Victorian energy minister Peter Batchelor now intends to jail climate change protesters for up to two years for trespass onto coal-fired power stations.”

Save Solar Systems rally – story and photo opportunities

Where: In front of Parliament House, Melbourne 3000

When: Friday 30 October 2009, 5:30 pm





Rally THIS FRIDAY (30 October) Parliament House

28 10 2009

Rally #3 is happening this Friday, 5:30 pm at the front of Parliament House, Bourke Street.

Make sure you do the following:

  1. Bring yourself
  2. If you can’t make it – for good reasons – tell everyone you know to come along
  3. Bring your friends and family
  4. Bring placards, costumes, banners etc. Be creative and express yourself!
  5. Be prepared to make some noise about impending collapse of Solar Systems (and the crap reasons which led to this)

Register here to show that you’re coming and invite your friends.

Speakers will include former Solar Systems Employee David Turner, Beyond Zero Emissions campaigner Matthew Wright, Nick from GetUp!, and Chris from the Save Solar Systems campaign.

We will be marching as part of this demo, so appropriate footwear is a must.

Look forward to seeing you all there!





Pics from the rally: 3

13 10 2009

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Images by Hamish.