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Solar for Low Income Households Trial Expanded to Penrith

The NSW Government’s Solar for Low Income Households offer is now open for applications in 12 Local Government Areas in the Greater Sydney region including Penrith.


Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said the $50 million expansion will help more eligible households access affordable clean energy by providing them with a free solar system, if they choose to forego receiving the Low Income Household Rebate.


“This couldn’t come at a better time for those eligible and looking to unlock long term savings on their household electricity bills by up to $600 a year by installing a free 3 kilowatt rooftop solar system courtesy of the NSW Government,” Stuart Ayres said.


Households can now apply for the offer if they live in LGAs in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and Penrith.


To be eligible, homeowners that currently receive the Low Income Household Rebate must also:

  • agree not to receive the rebate for ten years
  • hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
  • not already have a solar PV system.


“The offer will be extended across other areas of NSW over the next 12 months,” Stuart Ayres said.


The impacts of COVID-19 mean it is even more important to support low income households.


“Through the expansion of this offer the NSW Government is committed to supporting vulnerable and low-income households manage their energy bills.”


Stuart Ayres said that the cost of buying and installing a rooftop solar system can be prohibitive for low income households, so we’ve set up this offer so eligible homeowners can unlock the savings offered by rooftop solar generation.


“Through the Solar for Low Income Households expansion we’re making the environmental benefits of clean energy accessible to more homes in NSW,” Stuart Ayres said.


The offer is already running successfully in five NSW regions: North Coast, Central Coast, South West Sydney, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and South Coast. Eligible homeowners in these regions are still encouraged to apply.


“It is vital that energy remains affordable for all people in NSW as we shift to net zero emissions. This additional funding from the NSW Government will allow more households across Sydney to access clean, affordable solar energy,” Stuart Ayres said.


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