Installation of solar on public housing delivers jobs and energy savings
Late last year, the state government awarded a tender to install up to 200 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on public housing in the Adelaide City Council area. A further 200 solar PV systems will be installed on newly built public housing in Adelaide metropolitan and South Australian regional areas.
As Housing and Urban Development Minister, The Hon Stephen Mullighan observed, the benefits of this $2 million project are multiple. “This is a project which not only aims to deliver substantial savings on electricity bills for tenants, but is also supporting about 75 local jobs within the local solar industry.”
These contracts are being funded by the $65 million public housing package announced in the 2015-16 state budget, and extend an election commitment to pilot a solar PV system installation program on 200 South Australian Housing Trust homes. If the pilot is successful, Renewal SA will look to expand the program further on new public housing. It also delivers on the state government’s commitment to a sustainable low carbon future and the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative.
SA Housing Trust tenant, Bryan May felt positive about being included in the pilot project. “I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of the solar system and hoping in the future that more people can also receive a system and benefit.”