The Greens have launched a $1.25 billion plan to ensure at least one million more households in NSW have access to renewable energy within four years.
Greens candidate for Blue Mountains, Kingsley Liu, said the Household Solar Plan is part of the Greens roadmap to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
“Under our plan, most homes in the Mountains will be eligible for a $2000 rebate on solar panels and batteries for households that earn up to $156,000 a year.”
Mr Liu said that it requires all new dwellings to have solar panels and batteries or to pay into a community renewable energy offset scheme.
“On current Blue Mountains growth, this means around 120 new dwellings a year will be powered by solar.”
Greens spokeswoman on the Environment Cate Faehrmann said, “It is negligent to have over 70,000 new dwellings in NSW every year and no requirement for solar panels on these developments.
The Greens are also committing to fund solar panels on all public housing and government buildings.
“This will save public housing tenants around $500 a year,” said Mr Liu.
Households that have been locked out of solar power, such as renters and apartment dwellers will also be able to save on their electricity bills.
“The 8000 renting households in the Mountains will be able to purchase credits with community renewable energy providers. The energy produced by these providers then directly offsets their electricity bills."
Mr Liu said the Greens want a fair feed-in price.
“Our Electricity Supply Amendment Bill mandates the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to set a fair minimum rate that electricity retailers must pay for power fed into the grid from renewable sources.
"At least 4.4c per kwh will be added to the feed-in price for energy from renewable sources to take into account reduced CO2 emissions and improved health outcomes from cleaner air.
“An average household feeding into the grid from its solar panels will receive around $100 more a year.”