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Solar incentives to power up CBD

In an Australian first, solar battery rebates of up to $5,000 are to be offered to Adelaide CBD schools, businesses, residents and community organisations.

The incentives for installing energy storage are being offered as part of an expanded Sustainable City Incentives Scheme endorsed by Adelaide City Council, and are available from 1 July.

The Council’s Scheme aims to bring about community investment in solar with energy storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging points.

$5,000 rebates to boost energy storage

Lord Mayor, Martin Haese said with more than 27 per cent of SA households already having solar photovoltaic (PV), the city was perfectly positioned to embrace the next era.

“I am proud to lead the first Australian Government to offer such comprehensive incentives,” he said.

“We are on the cusp of an energy revolution now, just as we capture and store the rainwater that falls on our roofs, we can capture the sun’s energy and store it until we need it, making continuous availability of carbon-free renewable energy a reality.”

Adelaide City Council has reduced its own carbon emissions by 60 per cent, and since 2009–10 has reduced total energy use by 10.3 per cent and saved more than $400,000 per annum on electricity costs.

The Sustainable City Incentives Scheme will provide up to $5,000 for installing solar PV; up to $5,000 for installing energy storage; up to $500 per electric vehicle charging controller; up to $5,000 for apartment building energy efficiency upgrades; and up to $1,000 for changing out quartz halogen downlights to LED downlights.

More information can be found on the Council’s website at this PS News link.