Innovative solar plan to boost jobs and drive down energy bills in social housing
A coalition of industry peak bodies, social service organisations and environmental organisations have come together in support of an economic stimulus program that would see solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades installed on homes across Queensland, creating almost 2000 jobs and significantly reducing household energy bills.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has joined with Solar Citizens and Queensland Conservation Council on emPOWER Homes, a $215 million proposal that would see solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades installed on 50,000 social housing dwellings.
The coalition is calling for $12 million for engagement and energy audits, $50 million for rooftop solar installations, and $153 million for energy efficiency upgrades – with the first $100 million to be spent as soon as possible as an economic stimulus measure.
The proposal has the support of more than a dozen leading organisations, including the Property Council of Australia, the Clean Energy Council, Mission Australia, WWF, and St Vincent de Paul Society.