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South Coast Residents Included in 'Switch for Solar' Pilot

Photo of solar panels on a roof in Henley SA by Michael Coghlan Flickr

Concession holders in Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island are among a group who can access cheaper, cleaner electricity in a new $4.25m pilot program.

The State Government’s 'Switch for Solar' program has kicked off this week, giving 1,000 households on the South Coast and across 17 north-eastern Adelaide suburbs the chance to have a free solar system installed in exchange for their concession payments.

The eligble households will be contacted directly to ask if they wish to ‘switch’ their energy concession and COLC for a period of ten years for a 4.4 kilowatt solar PV system installed on their home at no upfront cost.

Concessions that households would have to give up include the $215.10 per year Cost of Living Concession and $231.41 per year towards their energy bill, though the State Government claims households could be up to $665 better off every year by making the switch.

Suburbs selected for the pilot include Hope Valley, Banksia Park, Tea Tree Gully, Vista, Modbury, Modbury Heights, Modbury North, Felixstow, Campbelltown, Newton, Paradise, Athelstone, Dernancourt, Holden Hill, Highbury, Redwood Park and Ridgehaven and Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island in regional SA.

Local companies Sharpe Energy Hub and Zen Energy have been selected as program partners and will install the solar systems for the pilot program.

Photo of solar panels on a roof in SA by Michael Coghlan, Flickr