Adelaide City Council has trumped other Australian cities with generous direct incentives for initiatives such as battery solar storage, solar PV, energy upgrades for apartment buildings, LED lights car battery installation, available to city residents, businesses schools and community organisations.
Worth up to $5000 for solar PV and battery storage, the moves places the council at the forefront of feisty initiatives to make Adelaide and the state sustainability leaders.
On Friday the state government in South Australia brought down a budget that was strong on green and sustainability measures and it’s a nod to the SA government’s commitment earlier this year to “work towards a carbon neutral Adelaide”.
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Lord Mayor Martin Haese said responding to climate change was essential for the environmental and economic future of Adelaide.
“We are on the cusp of an energy revolution,” Mr Martin said. “Just as we capture and store the rain water that falls on our roofs, we can capture the sun’s energy and store it until we need it, making continuous availability of carbon-free renewable energy a reality.
“Energy storage coupled with renewables is a game changer for the way the world reduces carbon emissions.”
He said more than 27 per cent of South Australian households already had solar PV on their roof and the state was “perfectly positioned to embrace the next era”.
“I am proud to lead the first Australian government to offer such comprehensive incentives.”
“Council is determined that we will continue to be a leader in climate action, and our expanded incentives to further encourage the Adelaide’s businesses and community early adopters,” he said.
The City had reduced its own carbon emissions by 60 per cent and energy consumption since by 10.3 per cent since 2009/2010 and the community had cut its emissions by 27 per cent.
The Sustainable City Incentives Scheme will provide:
- Up to $5000 for installing solar PV
- Up to $5000 for installing energy storage
- Up to $500 per electric vehicle charging controller
- Up to $5000 for apartment building energy efficiency upgrades
- Up to $1000 for changing out quartz halogen downlights to LED downlights
For more information visit www/adelaidecitycouncil.com