Oliver Yates, Independent candidate for Kooyong, said that if elected, he will encourage the establishment of programs to enable hundreds of thousands of Australian homes and small businesses to be fitted with solar panels across all States.
Based on the Environmental Upgrade Agreements currently used in Victoria, South Australia and NSW, the project would seek to work with all councils to assist people and small businesses to access their own solar power and dramatically reduce their power bills.
“For many Australians, their power bills are unnecessarily high, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With rooftop solar, power bills can be dramatically reduced. It is also much better for the environment to reduce dependency on coal-fired electricity.
“With solar panels on my own home, I am supplying power for my own needs as well as exporting electricity into the grid. My power bills therefore, are significantly reduced. It does not make sense that people fail to access the cheapest and most accessible and available form of energy in Australia, solar.
“Australia’s local councils should be encouraged to set up programs to encourage the installation of the solar panels across the whole country, as well as upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and buildings. The Federal Government could fund the program establishment and operation costs, which are estimated to be just $15,000 per council a year.
“Establishing the necessary systems to support homes and businesses adopting more energy solutions is necessary in the energy transition underway and we should get on with it. Removing financial barriers that are preventing the adoption of cost saving measures needs to be a priority.
“The government could then either fund itself, or work with the private sector to establish low cost loan arrangements administered by the local councils. This loan facility would be linked to the property, allowing residents and small businesses to gradually repay their loans through their rates over the next 15 years. The cost of the loan would be more than offset by savings in their electricity bills, reducing the cost for all families and businesses and reducing emissions. Because the loan is attached to council rates, it will be well secured carrying low risk and therefore a low cost.
“With a little planning and forward thinking, there are very simple things that the Federal Government can do in working with state and local governments to dramatically bring down power bills.
“Solar is an abundant resource in Australia. Yet the current Liberal government is too busy arguing internally to genuinely help people manage their own electricity needs and demonstrably reduce their power bills. For example, the concern in Queensland about high power prices is inexcusable when it has the best solar resources in the country. When I was in Mount Isa last year, I noticed that most homes and businesses still don’t have solar on their roofs. It makes no sense that they haven’t installed solar to secure energy savings, so removing any financial barriers needs to be a priority.
“Installation of appropriately sized roof top solar will improve the bottom line of most families and businesses in Australia, benefitting the economy as well as the environment.
“Under this proposal, local councils will be able to help people access and install rooftop solar panels, home batteries, and upgrade their home or business allowing everyone to achieve savings.
“This proposal would not only create thousands of local jobs and economic benefits, but dramatically assist with the costs of living challenges that many Australians are currently facing. Putting solar and batteries in homes in this way can be paid with money currently being wasted on excessively high electricity costs,” said Mr Yates.
John Grimes, CEO Smart Energy Council said that the Smart Energy Council welcomes this bold plan from Oliver Yates, the Independent candidate for the federal seat of Kooyong.
“We are facing a climate emergency and we need to do whatever we can to accelerate the uptake of solar and renewable energy. Oliver Yates’ solar plan is exactly the sort of smart policies that we need to see in Australia.”
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