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Truss to council: Why go solar when coal is cheaper?

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council can build solar with Federal Government funding if they choose, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss declared.

His comments come after an idea was raised by the council to cut their $6 million energy cost by building a solar farm.

While insisting the council could do what they choose with the Federal Government money, Mr Truss stressed the cost of establishing solar power.

Are you in support of a solar farm on the Fraser Coast?

This poll ended on 07 January 2016.

Yes, I think it is a feasible option for the Fraser Coast - 64%

No, I don't believe a solar farm is a good idea, too costly - 32%

I'm unsure at this stage - 3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Renewable energy, including solar, is very much more expensive than electricity coming from coal or gas fired power stations," he said in a statement.

"A solar farm could only be commercially viable if it was heavily subsidised by governments, ratepayers or other electricity users.

"The Commonwealth Government already provides millions of dollars in grants every year to the Fraser Coast Council much of which the Council is able to use on projects of its choice."

The Commonwealth Government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation has $250 million of concessional finance available to Local Government under its Local Government Finance Programme.

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