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The North Coast is one of five regions chosen to participate in a trial scheme to give the benefits of clean solar energy to local households. 

The NSW government is offering a voluntary program for households to exchange their Low Income Household Rebate for a new 2.5 kilowatt rooftop solar power system.

The NSW government has finally listened to households who want to invest in solar power to bring down their high electricity bills, says Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina.

‘The NSW government is funding a solar program to help low-income households get a solar power system which will bring down their electricity bills long term and help the environment through clean energy generation,’ said Ms Smith.

‘Households that are concerned about the environment and about sky high electricity prices want to get solar power in order to bring their bills down and moderate their reliance on fossil fuels, but the up-front investment in a solar power system can make it difficult,’ said Ms Smith, who is also the Greens’ Renewable Energy spokesperson.

‘The rooftop solar trial is expected to lead to an average bill reduction of $300 – $600 per year for Ballina and Byron Shire households who are eligible to participate,’ said Ms Smith.

The $15 million in State funding will be used to provide free rooftop solar to up to 3,400 eligible households across NSW.

‘The NSW government has finally realised that solar power is key to providing energy bill relief for households and businesses in regional NSW,’ said Ms Smith.

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  1. The idea is great But the Minimum Size Needs to be 5 kw
    With Solar hot water as the Energy used for heating the Hot water is the dearest item on ones power bills
    With that said also change all 240 lights to 12 volt led lights can be dc as they run on both systems because when set up on 240 they have a transformer that breaks down the power the heat given off is wasted energy
    Then Make sure when not using Electric jugs toasters microwave oven they are all turned off at the switch with the solar only turn off at the power box and have set up with a safety switch,
    Only turn the power on to solar hot water in bad weather as the energy authority still heats up your hot water more than its needed
    If you only use your second freezer for small amount of items sell it


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