Hitting back at Prime Minister Scott Morrison labelling coal-fired power as 'fair dinkum energy', Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes said we should put our focus on solar energy.
The Atlassian co-CEO turned his attention to renewable energy after hearing Mr Morrison petitioning for coal late last week.
Cannon-Brookes believes Australia can become "200 per cent renewable" and then export renewable energy and technology across the world.
This new, multi-billion dollar industry would boost the Australian economy and create a huge increase in jobs within the energy sector.
Why push for solar energy?
With personal investments in solar plants and solar farms, the 38-year-old tech wiz has begun campaigning to the Australian public to raise awareness of energy issues and solutions.
Mike Cannon-Brookes unleashes a war of words on Twitter against Prime Minister Scott Morrison following his controversial coal campaign. Source: thewest.com.au.
Wanting Australia to become a "renewable energy superpower", Mr Cannon-Brookes said this can only happen if people understand what's at stake.
Along with putting heavy investments into the solar energy industry, he additionally wants the controversial carbon price reintroduced and the government to stop subsidising ageing fossil fuel plants, like coal and gas.
He also pointed out that wind and solar farms are creating far more jobs in Australia than the coal industry.
Explaining that NSW's Adani coal generator would create around 1,500 jobs, but compared to the 35,000 positions in Queensland's solar and wind industries.
Cannon-Brookes then thinks retraining programs should be set up to help workers transition from older style energy jobs to renewable roles.
With some believing this could be a plea simply because of his personal solar investments, Cannon-Brookes said neither his company nor him had anything to gain from his energy movement.
"Im very bullish on (solar) as a sector and you can see from the investment going in, thats not a unique view.
"Bringing the price of power down, ironically, would actually hurt those investments, not help them."
Australian solar investments continue to impress
With Australia now totalling a massive solar investment of 1.85 million rooftop PV installations, Mr Cannon-Brookes hinted that the numbers are starting to speak for themselves with the nations position on renewable energy.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, full-time renewable energy sector jobs have leapt 33 per cent in 2016-17 over the previous year and are experiencing further growths for 2018.
Half of Australia could be renewable energy powered by 2030 if we continue to invest in energy alternatives like solar power. Source: http://en.stonkcash.com.
Although this growth is sudden, it has been building over the past few years due to factors including rising power bills, increases in solar system performance and reliability and reductions in solar system product and installation costs.
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