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Adelaide City Council has been confirmed as the first city in Australia to provide financial remunerations for the installation of battery storage systems, solar PV, LED lights to the entire households, businesses and other institutions in Southern Australia.

On Tuesday the council confidently disclosed that residents, schools, businesses and various community institutions in Adelaide City will benefit from up to $5,000 for the installation of energy storage systems, as part of an expanded Sustainable City Incentives Strategy. The motive of this initiative is to enhance investment in energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic and electric vehicle charging facilities in the City.

This signifies that among the 27% of South Australia’s households already with solar photovoltaic on their roof, the commitment and process to include battery energy storage as well as electric vehicle charging facilities will be easier and less cost.

The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese confidently stated that addressing climate change was very important for the sustainable future of Adelaide.

“We are on the cusp of an energy revolution, now, 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,” he said.

He was very happy about the initiative being the first in Australia. “Energy storage coupled with renewables is a game changer for the way the world reduces carbon emissions. I am proud to lead the first Australian government to offer such comprehensive incentives,” he stated.

“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.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese also indicated that the city has been a huge cut of about 27% carbon emission since 2009/2010 with about 10.3% decrease in energy consumption.  The council has also slashed carbon emission by 60% and energy consumption by 10.3% since 2009/2010.

The Sustainable City Incentive Strategy is as follows:

  • Up to $5,000 for the installation of solar photovoltaic
  • Up to $5,000 for the installation of battery energy storage
  • Up to $500 per electric vehicle charging facility
  • Up to $5,000 for apartment building energy efficiency enhancements
  • Up to $1000 for changing out quartz halogen downlights to LED downlights
  • Up to $1,000 for the installation of solar water heating systems
  • Up to $500 for rain water tanks

Sources:

Sophie V. 23 June 2015 Adelaide City Council offers energy storage incentive, Australia’s first: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/adelaide-city-council-offers-energy-storage-incentive-australias-first-37588

AUTHOR: DOUGLAS YEBOAH

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