ACT governing agreement emphasizes solar and battery solutions – pv magazine Australia
As part of their recently finalized energy sharing agreement, ACT Labor and the Greens will offer interest-free loans to households and organizations investing in rooftop solar panels and battery storage. The alliance government also plans to deliver at least 250 MW of new “large-scale” battery storage spread across ACT.
In October, the Greens won a record six ACT seats, tripling their presence in the state legislature. Continuing their partnership with ACT Labor for their fourth consecutive term, the alliance on Monday released its parliamentary and government agreement Commit to taking steps to phase out fossil fuels in ACT by 2045 at the latest and bring the territory to net zero emissions.
As part of the political program established for the next four years, interest-free loans of up to $ 15,000 will be made available to households and community non-profit organizations, thus helping the inhabitants of the territory to meet the costs. upfront investment costs in roof solar panels, home battery storage, as well as zero-emission vehicles and efficient electrical appliances. It is believed that the alliance aims to offer the loans from the first quarter of next year.
The ACT alliance is also committed to keep their promise to provide 250 MW of battery storage, which would see the nation’s capital break Tesla’s record in South Australia for the country’s largest battery. The plan has already been praised by Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie. “At 250 MW, the storage capacity of the ACT battery system would be greater than the total capacity of batteries installed utility-wide in Australia. This allows ACT to have clean and reliable power for the future, ”McKenzie said.
Other actions ACT Labor and the Greens will take to achieve their zero emissions goal include:
- Adopt minimum energy efficiency standards for rental buildings in 2021 with gradual implementation over the next few years.
- Implement a five-year, $ 50 million program to improve building efficiency and sustainability for social and public housing, low-income homeowners and lower performing rental properties.
- Work with industry and other stakeholders to advance all-electric infill developments, with the aim of avoiding new connections to the gas distribution network at future infill developments from 2023.
- Ensure all new ACT government buildings and facilities are free from fossil fuel gases, with the goal of retrofitting buildings and facilities to be zero emission after renovation.
This afternoon, ACT Labor Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced his cabinet, which includes three members of the Greens. Barr will take over the portfolio from ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury to become Minister for Climate Action. Rattenbury will now become Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction as well as Attorney General. Greens MP Rebecca Vassarotti will join the cabinet of the Minister of the Environment.
Rattenbury said he was happy with the power-sharing deal’s “ambitious agenda” and the features of climate action.
“In this time of climate crisis, we know that the decisions we take today will have important consequences for future generations of Canberrans,” he said.
“This agreement sets a positive and important agenda for the next four years, and the Greens are optimistic about what this Labor-Green partnership can achieve in this legislature.”
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