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Monday, 20 August 2018

 Monday, 20 August 2018




Victorians will be able to saveup to $400 a year on their power bills with discounted solar hot water systemsfor 60,000 households over ten years, under the new Solar Homes program.


Premier Daniel Andrews metworkers building solar hot water systems at Rinnai Australia’s manufacturingfacility today to announce the $60 million package.


From today, Victorian householdscan replace their old hot water system with a new solar system and get $1,000back off the cost via a rebate. This will save the average Victorian householdbetween $160 to $400 a year off their electricity bills.


The solar hot water rebate is partof Labor’s massive new Solar Homes program, which is putting power back intothe hands of Victorians and cutting electricity bills by providing half pricesolar panels to 650,000 households.


Not all homes can have solarpanels installed because of issues such as roof design or shade, which is whythe Labor Government is providing the $1,000 rebate on solar hot water systemsas part of the program. It means Victorians who can’t install solar panels willstill be able to save hundreds of dollars a year on their electricity bills.


The $1,000 rebate is availableto up to 6,000 households from today and will be expanded to 60,000 householdsfrom July next year, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.


The rebate is available toVictorians with a household income of up to $180,000 who live in their own homevalued at up to $3 million – and who haven’t already installed half price solarpanels under the program.


A new independent agency –Solar Victoria – will be established to work with industry, regulators andtraining organisations to deliver the program, which will create almost 5,500new jobs.


Safety is paramount, and theSolar Homes program includes $9 million to support accreditation of 4,500electricians to install solar panel systems. These systems will only beinstalled by accredited solar installers using approved products to ensure thehighest safety standards.


Labor’s Solar Homes programwill bring the number of homes in Victoria with solar panels to one millionwithin ten years - saving Victorians more than $500 million a year on theirelectricity bills once the program is complete.


It will also cut our carbonemissions by almost four million tonnes – the same as taking one million ofVictoria’s 4.6 million cars off the road – and generate 12.5 per cent ofVictoria’s 40 per cent target for renewable energy by 2025.


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Quotes attributable toPremier Daniel Andrews


“Jeff Kennett and theLiberals privatised electricity and now corporations are price gouging. OnlyLabor will stand up for families against big corporations.”

“We’re putting solar panelsand hot water systems on Victorian homes to help families save hundreds ofdollars a year on their electricity bills.”


Quotes attributable toMinister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio


“Puttingsolar panels and hot water systems on more than 700,000 homes will saveVictorians more than $500 million a year on their electricity bills andgenerate enough solar power to keep the lights on at the MCG for 9,000 years.”

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