Could the next Federal Election hinge on solar?
THE Renewable Energy Party have said the next Federal Election could likely hinge on the Solar Vote.
The Party Campaign Manager, James Moylan, highlighted figures released by the Bureau of Statistics regarding 'Energy Use and Conservation' in Australia.
"If you dig down into these numbers the political implications are startling. The next federal election could very well be decided entirely on the 'solar vote'," Mr Moylan said.
"You wouldn't think a single issue could be so important, but it's there in black and white."
ABS statistics, released earlier this week, show that one in five Australian households now use solar energy.
However it was the nature of those households, as well as the incredibly rapid uptake of solar in Australia, that the Renewable Energy Party wanted to highlight.
"In 2011 only five percent of Aussie households used solar panels - but in the space of a bare four years another ten percent of Australian households have installed solar energy systems," Mr Moylan said. "
And what sort of households are turning to solar power? They are the ones earning well above the median average income. In other words they are likely LNP voters."
"No wonder the government is shifting its rhetoric regarding the RET. It's becoming obvious that the government can read statistics and poll numbers as well."