ACT project to help low-income households install solar

The ACT Government is rolling out a program that will allow low-income households to receive funding to install solar in their homes.

Eligible households are invited to register their interest throughout he ACT Government, as part of a four-year pilot.

ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, suggested the program would help low-income Canberran’s bring down the cost of their electricity bill, as well as do their part for the environment.

“This program will assist people who want to do their part by investing in renewable energy for their home but need a hand because of their circumstances,” Mr Corbell said.

The ACT currently has one of the most ambitious emissions reduction schemes in the country, with a target of 100% renewables by 2050.

The project is an Actsmart Household initiative, and will be run in conjunction with ACT Housing, community welfare organisations, and no-interest loan providers.

It is expected to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017.

Those interested in registering for the program can email actsmart@act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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Election 2016: Environmental policy comparison

 

With a Federal Election looming, Australia’s political parties have released details of their policies on environmental issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. With so much to trudge through, it can be difficult to decipher differences on important issues.

Numerous environmental and lobby groups have created their own ‘score-cards’, rating the major parties on the credibility of proposed policies. These bite-sized evaluations cast a critical eye on where the parties stand when it comes to Australia’s environmental future, and can help create clarity for voting decisions.

With such a large amount of information on hand, here is a three-stage guide to the environmental policies of the Liberal Party, Labor Party, and The Greens. Continue reading “Election 2016: Environmental policy comparison”