Tasmanian Labor pledges low income home solar scheme

Low income households in Tassie could have their power bills slashed under a Labor scheme to install solar panels and battery storage.

In a press statement, Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said 100 residences will get solar panels and home battery storage.

Mr Willie said a Labor government will deliver cost of living relief for low income households.

“It’s critical we do everything we can to support lower income Tasmanians who are dependent on community housing by reducing their exposure to rising electricity costs,” he said.

The publicly owned TasNetworks would fund the upfront cost of infrastructure and installation through foregone dividends. Installation would be carried out in partnership with renewable energy and battery storage companies.

Bruny Island experiment in solar battery systems

In fact, TasNetworks is already carrying out a project on Bruny Island, near Hobart. The network is installing storage batteries and panels in 40 houses with low income residents.

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