Support for solar can tackle NSW energy affordability crisis - Solar Citizens

Support for solar can tackle NSW energy affordability crisis

Supporting households to go solar is the best way to tackle the energy affordability crisis in NSW says Solar Citizens.

The huge jump in disconnections and complaints linked to price hikes and overspending on poles and wires shown in today’s report from the Energy and Water Ombudsman highlight the extreme strain placed on Australian families by high energy costs says Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke.

“Bill shock from electricity prices is being driven by ‘gold-plating’ of infrastructure and the greed of the major power companies,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“Solar lets people take control of their power bills. It is the only way Australian households can increase independence from the big power companies.

“There are already 1.3 million Australian households that have made the move to manage their cost of living by installing solar. NSW households have saved $146.9 million on power bills as a result of installing solar.

“NSW households have invested $1,967.3 million in solar power and helped create 18,500 jobs nationwide.

“Solar creates jobs, encourages investment and helps Australian families take control of their power bills.

“All of our political parties should help support solar with policies that help people install solar and ensure a healthy future for the industry,” she said.

“The Government’s own Warburton Review of the Renewable Energy Target found renewable energy sources including solar would lower electricity prices for all electricity users in the long-term.

“Instead of attacking the renewable energy sector, the Federal Government should be doing all it can to help households go solar and avoid the level of bill shock and disconnection reported by the Ombudsman.

“This is why we need to keep the Renewable Energy Target strong - it helps people go solar, take control of their power bills and lower costs.

“We call on the Federal Government to support the people of NSW by supporting the Target.”

For more information contact Holly Crocket on 0413 343 329.