Investment in solar needed to help families beat soaring power bills
There are growing calls for Federal and State Governments to support lower income families with the rising cost of power bills by investing in renewable energy following media reports soaring power costs have lead to a record number of disconnections in Victoria.
Solar CItizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said solar helps reduce the cost of power bills for all Australians, helping these families by investing in solar power just makes sense.
“The rise in power prices is disproportionately hitting people on lower incomes. We need Federal and State Governments to support these families by investing in solar,” Ms O’Rourke said.
“The Renewable Energy Target (RET) makes good policy sense for Australia. The Federal Government’s own Warburton review found rooftop solar reduced electricity prices for all Australians, whether they had solar installed or not.”
“Any move to wind back or slash the RET will mean higher power prices rise for all Australians by 2020.”
“Solar homeowners have already saved more than $168 million on their electricity bills. If our Federal politicians are really concerned with the rise in the cost of living, solar is the key to reducing this burden on all homes,” said Ms O’Rourke.
Claire O’Rourke is available for comment
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