Not Sure Where the Political Party’s Stand on Solar & Renewable Energy?
The Greens have just announced their initiative for Solar & Renewable Energy on their website, http://greens.org.au. What is exciting is their vision for Australia to achieve 90% clean energy and double energy efficiency by 2030. The Greens’ plan has the simple objective to deliver clean power, lower electricity bills, and homes that are cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in, through a nationwide upgrade program for Australia’s 421,000 public and community housing dwellings.
In fact, retrofitting and repowering Australia’s ageing stock of public and community housing with clean energy is one of the most exciting opportunities to reduce carbon pollution. In this well thought out scheme, the least energy efficient housing would be prioritised first, making properties cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and in turn improve the lives of low-income renters.
The current estimates are $240 million for the total cost of the scheme that would ensure:
- Put 2kW rooftop solar systems on every roof with;
- Retrofit homes with energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, window glazing, smart meters, water efficient appliances and showerheads, roof and wall insulation, ceiling and ventilation fans, efficient heating and cooling, low-cost sensors, and draught-proofing;
- Add secure screen doors and window fittings for cross ventilation
- Provide energy efficiency assessment, education and advice to tenants on how they can make behavioural changes to help save energy in the home
- Provide a training, employment and education package for tenants interested in developing skills in clean energy, to employ at least 5000 tenants over the rollout of this package.
Here are some really interesting facts on the State of Solar and Homes in Australia according to the Greens website:
- 421,300 social housing dwellings in Australia, including 326,600 public housing dwellings, 72,000 community housing rentals, and another 27,500 community indigenous housing dwellings and state-owned and managed indigenous housing dwellings.
- 19% of Australia’s homes now have Rooftop Solar PV – with over 1.4 million rooftop solar systems installed and about 70% of homes have insulation, but low-income households are missing out
- 39 jobs are directly supported in Australia for every 1 megawatt (MW) of solar installed.
- The number of jobs in the Australian solar industry has almost halved under the current government, falling by 48%
You can read the entire Greens Renewing Public and Community Housing plan here: http://greens.org.au/renew-community-housing.
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