Solar for public housing trial
A trial is being conducted to deliver cheaper solar energy for vulnerable electricity customers living in government-owned public housing.
The trial aims to reduce the cost of living pressures for the State’s tenants in the trial locations, and will help some of Queensland’s most vulnerable electricity customers. To date, tenants have faced multiple barriers to accessing solar power, including high up-front costs and because they are in a rental arrangement. This trial seeks to overcome these barriers and demonstrate benefits to all parties involved.
The trial will deliver three to six megawatts of solar, on 2,000 to 4,000 government-owned, detached houses. It will test three different business models, each tailored to the local electricity market, network conditions and housing profile:
- a rooftop solar farm installed on government services in the remote indigenous diesel powered community of Lockhart River
- a solar lease for properties managed by the Cairns and Rockhampton Housing Service Centres
- a solar power purchase agreement for properties managed by the Woodridge Housing Service Centre.
A comprehensive analysis of Queensland’s public housing stock was undertaken to find suitable trial locations. Data from the first year of the trials will be used to evaluate the costs and benefits and determine if the business models are viable.
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