Ahead of the elections in NSW major parties announced to boost solar support

In the run-up to the elections in the Australian state of New South Wales, the major parties are taking charge on solar power and storage. »Substantive clean energy announcements from both the New South Wales Government and the Opposition this weekend show that both major parties have recognized the importance of the issue to voters ahead of the state election next month,« said Clean Energy Council Chief Executive officer Kane Thornton: »The zero-interest loans for solar and storage systems proposed by the government would provide people with the means to store energy from the sun, for use when it is most needed. As with other renewable energy technologies, one of the biggest barriers for consumers in taking up energy storage is the up-front cost.«
On Sunday, NSW’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the Government’s »Empowering Homes program«, a 10-year scheme to incentives the installation of solar panels and battery storage systems. No-interest loans of up to AUD 9,000 for a battery system and up to AUD 14,000 for a solar battery system will be available to owner-occupied households with an annual combined income of up to AUD 180,000.
According to the newspaper »Sydney Morning Herold«, the announcement comes a day after NSW Labor revealed its 10-year Solar Homes policy which would encourage 500,000 households to install rooftop solar panels. Under the scheme, owner-occupied households with a combined income of up to AUD 180,000 would be eligible for a rebate of up to AUD 2,200.
According to the CEC, the announcements from the government and the Labor Party »are in line with the policy directives« released by the Clean Energy Council in November last year. »These policies are a great start, and we look forward to more announcements in the lead-up to the election,« stated Thornton. The election is scheduled to be held on March 23, 2019.

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