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Voices For Power Roadmap for Affordable and Renewable Energy

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2018-2019 2019 - 2020

A Solar Garden Pilot in Western Sydney.
$10M to establishing a solar garden, with rebates for low-income households to access this scheme. The pilot program would reach 1000 homes otherwise locked out of access to clean energy due to high upfront costs or because they rent or live in apartments.

A Solar Garden Pilot in Western Sydney (Prioritised)
$10M to establishing a solar garden, with rebates for low-income households to access this scheme. The pilot program would reach 1000 homes otherwise locked out of access to clean energy due to high upfront costs or because they rent or live in apartments.

$1M a year to establish a “Community Energy Hub” 
Targeted resources for outreach to CALD communities in Western Sydney. Our communities want to speak to someone who is independent from the energy companies, to receive information they can trust. They need a physical building that people can visit to ask about their energy concerns, in their own language.

$1M a year to establish a “Community Energy Hub”  (Prioritised)
Targeted resources for outreach to CALD communities in Western Sydney. Our communities want to speak to someone who is independent from the energy companies, to receive information they can trust. They need a physical building that people can visit to ask about their energy concerns, in their own language.

Review of Minimum Standards of Rental Houses and Energy Efficiency Standards. Renters cannot make energy efficiency upgrades to their properties or access solar. As temperatures rise in Summer and plummet in Winter - this is a health concern for our communities who are already scared to turn on their heater during winter. We need a review, in the next term of government, leading to minimum performance standards for all houses. There would be a transition period and grant scheme for landlords to do upgrades. Upgrades would be made a tax deduction.

Local teams are currently adapting their work
to address COVID-19 relief.

Energy Efficiency Upgrade to Social Housing Stock. A government commitment to energy audits of social housing properties in Western Sydney within 2 years, followed by funded committee to formulate a program to retrofit / upgrade appropriate properties within 5 years of the next term of government.

 

Review of Government Energy Assistance Schemes.  Existing schemes are often not well-known by the people who need them, and some  provide a flat rate that do not provide enough support. We need a review into effectiveness of existing programs.  This review would also investigate the potential implementation for various recommendations like making rebates proportional to the bill, rather than a flat rate; better methods of informing people about assistance programs; and expanding the eligibility criteria.

 

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