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ACT opens solar scheme to low-income households

People living in low-income households can now register their interest for a pilot program that will provide $2m in solar installations over the next 4 years, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Simon Corbell announced today.

Mr Corbell said the solar for low-income households project would offer greater assistance to households most in need by helping to bring down the cost of electricity.

“This program will assist people who want to do their part by investing in renewable energy for their home but need a hand because of their circumstances,” Mr Corbell said.

“This program will initially be run as a pilot to determine the best approach for delivery. A detailed project plan will be developed by September 2016 and the project is expected to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017 as part of the Actsmart Household suite of programs.

“The project will be developed in conjunction with key stakeholders such as ACT Housing, community welfare organisations, and organisations that provide no interest loans to low income householders.”

This initiative has been developed based on the commitment in the Parliamentary Agreement to provide support to households installing solar. It also aligns with the ACT’s Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010.

Funding for the solar for low-income households program has been made available through the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme.

People interested in registering for the program are asked to email actsmart@act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Source: ACT Government Media Release

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