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Australian Greens plan for a solar South Australia

greensSmAustralian Greens announce plan to fund solar panels for 48,000 SA homes map solar south-australiaJune 16, 2016 Political Editor Tory Shepherd, Advertiser MORE than 48,000 South Australian homes would get solar panels and energy efficient measures under an Australian Greens plan to reduce electricity costs and reduce emissions.

Deputy Leader Larissa Waters and SA Senator Robert Simms has announced in Adelaide today a plan to spend $2000 on each public and community housing home, which they say could save renters as much as $1075 a year.

The plan would cost $60 million a year, and would not be finished until 2030. By that point homes would be retrofitted with energy-saving and water efficient devices, with solar on every roof.

Senator Simms said it would also boost jobs, employing thousands of South Australians.

“This initiative would not only provide South Australians with more jobs in the renewable energy and green housing sector, but it would save the average household $780 per year in electricity bills from installing solar alone,” he said.

 “When people in our community are risking their health because they can’t afford to run a heater in the middle of winter, we know there is a problem.”

Senator Waters said nationally it would help about 800,000 people. More than 2400 deaths a year are associated with cold weather, she said.

“We have an unequal system where our lowest earners are paying the highest price for power, many in ageing houses that are inefficient to run, hot in summer and freezing in winter,” she said.

The Greens will not be able to form Government but they may share the balance of power in the Senate after the July 2 election, which could give them leverage over the major parties.

June 17, 2016 - Posted by | election 2016, politics, solar, South Australia

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