RENEWABLE ENERGY > SOLAR FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS
NAGA is working with the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) to deliver solar for low income households through a regional Solar Savers program
This builds on a project run by the City of Darebin - Solar Savers - that provided solar for 294 low-income households with no up-front costs.
Instead, households are able to pay back the cost of the solar system through their rates. The payback amount added to a normal rates notice is structured to be less than the savings achieved by putting on solar.
NAGA are working together with other greenhouse alliances to deliver a program across 22 councils made possible through a state government grant from the New Energy Jobs Fund and council contributions.
Together, we've overseen the development of two business cases.
The first business case was carried out by Moreland Energy Foundation and assesses the economic, regulatory and technical viability of council rates charges and other low income solar finance options, and develops a recommended program model.
The second business case presents a number of targeted recommendations to assist local government, state government and the finance sector to work together in an integrated approach to effectively scale-up a program.