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ACT launches solar for apartments initiative

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A new $3.6 million initiative is bringing reliable, renewable energy to apartment residents in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Solar for Apartments Program, co-funded by the Australian and ACT Governments will allow body corporates to request quotes and apply for rooftop solar installations.

The program provides grants of up to $100,000 per body corporate, with half coming as a Commonwealth grant or rebate and the other half as an interest-free loan. This initiative is expected to benefit over 2100 households and potentially reduce energy bills by 35 per cent for apartment dwellers.

The Solar for Apartments Program is part of the Community Solar Banks initiative by the Australian Government and the ACT Government’s Sustainable Household Scheme. Brighte, the exclusive finance and administration provider for the ACT’s scheme, has already received over 22,000 applications.

From today, body corporates in the ACT can request quotes on rooftop solar installations from eligible vendors on the Brighte Marketplace. The program aims to make cheaper, cleaner solar energy accessible to those who have previously missed out on the benefits of renewables.

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Climate Action Andrew Barr emphasised the importance of clean energy for the apartment residents in Canberra.

“As well as allowing more Canberrans living in apartment complexes to enjoy cheaper, cleaner energy, the Solar for Apartments Program also supports our commitment to transitioning to a cleaner and more reliable energy mix,” Barr said.

“This program supports the ACT Government’s commitment to being a global leader in climate action and reducing emissions to net zero by 2045.”

Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said the Government want all Canberrans to have access to cheaper, cleaner, reliable renewables.

“This will lower energy bills for those living in apartments that traditionally haven’t been able to access the cost savings of renewables,” Bowen said.

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