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NSW Greens want solar and batteries on all new homes, target 200,000 “locked out” households

March 1,2019.

The NSW Greens have unveiled a $1.25 billion plan to drive the uptake of household solar in the state, including for the hundreds of thousands of consumers traditionally locked out of the solar self-generation market.Solar Roof Mounting Products

The Greens solar plan was released on Tuesday following the rapid-fire release of rooftop solar policies from both the state Coalition government and the Labor opposition over the weekend, in the lead-up to the March election.

The NSW Greens PV policy – which the party has stressed is just one part of its soon-to-be released Roadmap to 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 – would make rooftop solar and battery storage mandatory for all new dwellings in the state.This would ensure that the 350,000 new households expected to be built in NSW over the next four years would have, at minimum, 5kW of solar PV and 4.5kWh of battery storage – or contribute to a registered community renewable energy provider.

All new apartments and other attached dwellings would have to install at least 3kW of solar system per household, or pay $2000 to a registered community renewable energy provider.The Greens’ plan would also offer a $2,000 rebate for solar and batteries for up to 500,000 existing households with a weekly income of up to $3000/week.Importantly, however, it would also push to extend the benefits of distributed solar to those who, for a variety of reasons, can not install their own rooftop system – a market segment all but ignored in both the Labor and Coalition policies.

To do this, the NSW Greens would make $250 million available to install solar and battery storage on all public housing buildings. The electricity produced would then be deducted from the power bills of 110,000 public housing tenants, saving them around $500/year.

For apartment owners and renters, the party would set up a community solar offset scheme.

In a state like NSW – where just under 20 per cent of all private dwelling are apartments, and where nearly a third of all households rent – the Greens estimate that a community solar offset scheme like this could give 200,000 more households to access solar over the next four years.

Finally, the NSW Greens would also push for an increase in the state feed-in tariff for solar households in the state – a mandatory extra 4.4c/kW, to account for avoided health and social costs.


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