Free rooftop solar panels will be provided to up to 3,000 low-income households in New South Wales, Australia.

The plan, funded by the Australian government, will cut electricity bills by more than $ 300 a year, according to the Department of Environment and Energy.

The test facility, valued at approximately $ 4,000 each, will be available in five regions: Central Coast, North Coast, South Coast, Sydney South and Illawarra-Shoalhaven.

To participate in the program, applicants must have their own home, a valid pension card or Department of Veterans Affairs gold card and choose not to participate in the low income family rebate for 10 years.

The government has budgeted $ 15 million to reduce the impact of high energy prices and the plan is part of its commitment to cut emissions and tackle climate change, the Minister of Justice said on Tuesday. Energy, Matt Kean.

For low-income households, the cost of purchasing and installing a solar PV system on their roof can be prohibitive, which is why we have organized this pilot test so that more of these homeowners can take advantage of the savings offered. by the production of electricity. energy on the roofs.

Matt Kean, Minister of Energy.

In addition to the potential for savings on bills, the addition of 3,000 additional rooftop solar systems will add more than eight megawatts of renewable capacity to help maintain a clean, affordable and reliable electricity grid.

Matt Kean, Minister of Energy.

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