UNSW PV Center of Excellence will not close its doors pv magazine learns

The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that the center would have to close its doors after Australia’s Labor government cut its funding, as part of the party’s proposed cuts to finance a "cash-for-clunkers" low-emissions car program, the Greens say.

However, Professor Green has told pv magazine: “Media reports that the Australian Research Council Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at the University of New South Wales is to close are incorrect.

“While it will no longer be supported under the ARC Centre of Excellence program from the end of 2010, the centre will continue to operate at UNSW and conduct world leading research, under the leadership of Professors Stuart Wenham and Martin Green.

“The Centre has been funded under the COE program since 2003,” he concluded.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the country’s Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard plans on giving AUD$2,000 to owners of pre-1995 vehicles who upgrade to brand new, cleaner cars. But, says the newspaper, the fine print on the announcement has revealed it’s funded by raiding existing environmental programs from solar power to low-emissions technology.