Greens plan for one million solar households in four years

Greens energy spokesperson and candidate for Lismore electorate Sue Higginson want to see fewer power lines in Tenterfield and more solar panels. Photo by Tony Grant.
Greens energy spokesperson and candidate for Lismore electorate Sue Higginson want to see fewer power lines in Tenterfield and more solar panels. Photo by Tony Grant.

The NSW Greens have launched a $1.25 billion plan to ensure at least one million extra households in NSW can either install solar panels or be part of community renewable energy schemes within four years. 

The Household Solar Plan is part of the Greens Roadmap to 100% Renewable Energy by 2030. It involves:

  • mandatory solar plus batteries for all new dwellings (350,000 in four years),
  • a $2000 rebate for rooftop solar and batteries for 500,000 households, solar panels on all public housing and government buildings (110,000 public housing tenants to receive electricity rebates),
  • a community solar offset scheme for apartment owners and renters (200,000 participants in four years), and
  • a fair price for solar (mandatory extra 4.4c/kW for avoided health and social costs).

Greens energy spokesperson and candidate for Lismore electorate Sue Higginson said the plan ensures that households which have been locked out of solar power, such as apartment dwellers and renters, can support renewables and save on their electricity bills through a community solar offset scheme.

“We want to ensure one million households in NSW can either install solar panels on their home, or be part of a community solar offset scheme, within the next four years and be paid a fair price for the power they produce,” she said.

“Of course increasing household solar on rooftops is like banning plastic bags – it is essential but only a small component of what is needed to fix the problem of coal fired power.

“The Greens will be announcing additional policies in coming weeks as part of our Roadmap to 100% Renewable Energy by 2030.”