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15,000 jobs lost if government dumps renewable target

SOLAR businesses say 15,000 jobs will be fried if the Federal Government drops the renewable energy target.

Around 470 businesses joined a petition urging Tony Abbott to see the light and keep the target.

Companies from across the country signed the Solar Citizens Council/Australian Solar Council industry letter and delivered it to Palmer United Party Senate leader Glenn Lazarus yesterday.

"Cutting the target will mean many Australian families who run small businesses will have their livelihoods ripped out from underneath them," SCC director Claire O'Rourke said.

ASC chief executive John Grimes said thousands of businesses would feel the heat.

"By attacking the target, the government is risking 15,000 jobs in the solar industry," he said.

"There are 4500 solar businesses operating in Australia, the vast majority of them small and medium-sized businesses."

Dick Warburton's review of the target recommends lowering renewable energy targets.

The Federal Government will need to negotiate with minor parties like PUP before any changes are passed by the Senate.

- APN NEWSDESK



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