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NSW Govt extends coal-fired power one day, backs household batteries for solar the next

Solar Citizens welcomes the announcement today of a new incentive to help make NSW household batteries more affordable with between $1600 and $2400 available off the up-front installation cost of household batteries for homes and businesses with existing solar.

A further $250 to $400 incentive will be available for connecting a battery to a Virtual Power Plant, claimable for a second time after three years, and there is up to $2400 in support for new solar plus battery installations.

The NSW Government announcement follows hundreds of Solar Citizens supporters emailing the Environment Minister and Treasurer this week asking them to help support the purchase of household batteries.

NSW Government ignores need for more clean, cheap renewables, solar and locks in years of polluting coal-fired power

Solar Citizens has condemned the NSW Government for undermining the urgent transition to cheaper, cleaner renewables, including solar, by extending the production of dirty coal-fired power at Eraring until August 2027.

Solar Citizens CEO Heidi Lee Douglas said, “It’s deeply disappointing that in 2024 the NSW Government is backing yesterday’s outdated, polluting technology and passing the cost of keeping coal-fired power open to NSW’s energy users.

Electrify Wolli Creek: Wolli Creek Community Renewable Energy Workshop

Wolli Creek Community Renewable Energy Workshop
12pm-2pm, Wednesday 22 May
St Magdalene’s Chapel, Wolli Creek, Sydney

Residents in Wolli Creek have recently launched ‘Electrify Wolli Creek’ to help the Discovery Point high rise community electrify their homes and find renewable energy and clean transport solutions.

About 98% of the population of Wolli Creek live in apartments and lack ample roof space for occupants to enjoy the benefits of rooftop solar.  

On 22 May, Electrify Wolli Creek is holding a workshop to help community members better understand their current energy bills and provide information on renewable energy solutions, affordable electric vehicle options, and the benefits of getting off gas.

Solar Citizens welcome New Vehicle Efficiency Standard delivering cleaner, cheaper vehicles for Australians 

Solar Citizens welcomes the passing of the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard legislation today with more affordable electric vehicles, and more efficient fuel vehicles, set to enter the Australian market.

Solar Citizens CEO Heidi Lee Douglas said, “The passing of the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard today is a significant acceleration towards cheaper, cleaner vehicles and getting Australians behind the wheel of cars that run on sunshine.

“The new efficiency standard is a testament to the hard work of Solar Citizens, civil society groups, and organisations and community members who love electric vehicles and want climate action.

Two-way tariff for households with rooftop solar

Solar Citizens does not support two-way tariffs on households who generate their own cheap, clean energy from rooftop solar. 

Households with existing rooftop solar are doing the energy grid a favour by exporting cheap, clean solar that their neighbours can use. We should be removing barriers for more households to go solar, not introducing penalties."

If these tariffs are designed to encourage battery uptake, then this is a blunt, heavy-handed approach. Instead of penalties, the Federal Government must incentivise batteries through providing rebates, like they have for rooftop solar. 

Government misses prime opportunity for decades of energy bill relief through increased investment in renewables, solar and electrification

Solar Citizens has welcomed the Federal Budget’s focus on making Australia a renewable energy powerhouse through local manufacture of solar and batteries, but is disappointed the government missed a prime opportunity for increased investment in support for households currently locked out of renewable energy to access solar and batteries.

Support for more Australians to access household solar and batteries would provide two decades of energy bill relief, replace aging coal-fired power plants, and circumvent the need for controversial investment in fossil gas.  

New report shows consumer energy resources key for lower power bills for all and grid must adapt as renewables grow

New analysis shows national consistency in rooftop solar connection processes, better returns for household-generated energy fed back into the grid and greater data transparency from the larger-scale energy network providers are vital for supporting the growth of rooftop solar and home batteries in Australia.

The Accelerating Consumer Energy in Australia report, commissioned by Solar Citizens and conducted by Nexa Advisory, found harnessing the power of consumer energy resources (CER) will provide immediate cost-of-living relief for households, reduce electricity prices across the energy network and accelerate reducing carbon pollution.

Solar Citizens comment on reports of Eraring extension

Comment from Solar Citizens acting CEO Joel Pringle on media reports of extension of Eraring:

“Solar Citizens believes the NSW Government will make the wrong choice in propping up and extending dirty coal power when renewables are the cheapest and cleaner source of new energy for the state and country.

“Action on climate change and greater support for rooftop solar and home batteries are effective ways of lowering energy bills to deliver cost of living relief. It’s quite bizarre that Premier Chris Minns is doing the opposite.

Bipartisan support needed to lock in cost of living savings and clean energy investment from 75% emissions reduction target

Solar Citizens urges Queensland LNP Leader David Crisafulli to extend bi-partisan support for the two renewable energy bills due before Queensland Parliament today and make the upcoming State Election a race to the top on delivering clean, renewable energy and cost-of-living relief for households.

The Clean Economy Jobs Bill 2024 and Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Bill 2023 are expected/will be moved as one in the Queensland Parliament today.

Queensland leads the world in the uptake of rooftop solar and the state’s Shadow Environment Minister Sam O’Connor last month publicly guaranteed nuclear will not be part of the Queensland LNP’s energy transformation plan.

Power to the people: Brisbane hears how Australia could save $9 billion on power bills

Community members, civil society and climate groups, and energy experts will gather in Brisbane on Tuesday to discuss Queensland’s energy transition, the key policies of the major parties and plans for community action in the lead-up to the October State election.

The forum will take place the day after Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni announced increased funds for the Battery Booster programme, meaning a further 1,000 households will benefit from subsidised batteries. It also takes place as the Clean Economy Jobs Bill 2024 goes up for vote by Queensland Parliament, perhaps as soon as this week.