More than 5,000 Canberra households have applied for over $55 million in loans under the Sustainable Household Scheme – with solar and combined solar and battery packages leading the charge as most popular products.
The Sustainable Household Scheme was designed to allow more Canberra households to benefit from a households investments like rooftop solar panels. The ACT Government believes that all Canberrans should be able to benefit from a zero net emissions future, not just those that can afford the upfront costs of these household investments.
ACT residents, particularly in Belconnen, Tuggeranong, and Gungahlin, have purchased a combined 20 MW of roof top solar though the Scheme which is equivalent to the power generated by Royalla Solar Farm.
More than 1,500 households are taking the opportunity to upgrade their appliances such as electric heating and cooling systems, hot water heat pumps and electric stove tops as they reach the end of their life cycle.
Canberrans are also taking advantage of electric vehicles being added to the scheme with 45 applications received. Canberrans purchasing an electric vehicle will also receive a stamp duty exemption and two years of free vehicle registration.
The Sustainable Household Scheme is not only helping households reduce their energy bills and contributing to our emission-reduction targets; it’s also supporting Canberra businesses and creating local jobs as we progress towards our target of 250,000 jobs by 2025. The scheme’s top eight suppliers have premises in the ACT.
The Sustainable Household Scheme will soon open to community organisations wanting to make sustainable upgrades to help reduce energy costs and contribute to the ACT’s climate goals.