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Victorian Government gives solar power to the people

The solar industry has welcomed a new program announced by the Victorian Government to provide power bill relief for households through new solar power systems.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the Solar Homes Packagewill also encourage thousands of new jobs in the state, making it a win-win for families and the solar industry.

“While rooftop solar is an increasingly attractive proposition, this program will support even more Victorians to embrace greater energy independence through solar and storage technology,” Mr Thornton said.

“The tens of thousands of new homes installing these technologies will also help to ease the strain on our power grid during hot days when air-conditioners are running at maximum across the state.

“A recent review of the retail electricity prices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently concluded that the Australian energy market has not been delivering for electricity consumers. Solar and batteries are one of the few ways consumers can take back some power and control their own energy bills.”

The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Package will initially offer half price solar systems for up to 24,000 households in the state.

Mr Thornton said the program’s emphasis on safety is important and the industry looks forward to working closely with Solar Victoria to ensure standards remain very high for the duration of the program.

“Supporting smart technologies will ensure solar plays an increasing role in supporting the electricity grid as it continues to transition towards cleaner sources of power,” he said.

“This will present a further boost for rooftop solar in Victoria, stimulating hundreds of small solar businesses and growing the workforce of skilled installers.”

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.