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SOLAR BATTERY BOOST FOR HAWKESBURY HOUSEHOLDS TO SLASH POWER

January 24, 2019

SOLAR BATTERY BOOST FOR HAWKESBURY HOUSEHOLDS TO SLASH POWER BILLS


Hawkesbury residents may be eligible for a $2,000 rebate to help purchase and install battery systems, to help slash their power bills by up to 60 per cent, under a Shorten Labor Government.


Sky rocketing power bills are hurting just about everyone. With soaring temperatures like those we’ve experienced this summer, it’s tempting to run air-conditioning (if you have it) non-stop. But many families are suffering the heat because they can’t afford the bill shock.


As I’ve been out and about in the electorate, it’s fantastic to see more and more people embracing household solar energy. They know it saves them money and it’s good for the environment.


Supporting the installation of more household battery systems is the next big step in helping families lower their energy bills. When the sun goes down, or when electricity usage is at its peak, people can draw on their own stored energy, giving them more control over their power bills.


It will also help lower power prices and improve reliability for everyone by reducing demand on the electricity grid in peak times.
If Labor wins the upcoming Federal election, the Household Battery Program would begin in 2020, aiming to triple the number of battery systems across Australia.


Households earning less than $180,000 a year would be eligible.


The Smart Energy Council estimates that new household solar and batteries would allow most homes to save more than 60 per cent off their power bills.


And our environment is also the winner, because cheaper and cleaner electricity will help Australia achieve 50 per cent of power from renewables by 2030.


A Labor Government would also invest in a Neighbourhood Renewables Program so that renters and social housing residents can benefit from cheaper and cleaner renewable energy


Community power hubs will be established to support the development of renewables projects in local communities – which could benefit Hawkesbury community groups seeking grants to pilot new projects to keep power bills down and provide cleaner energy.

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