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MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

South-west Queenslanders are being encouraged to jump on board the next wave of renewable energy to help reduce their energy use and their bills.
Speaking in Roma, Dr Anthony Lynham said south-west householders and small businesses should be applying for the State Government’s loans and grants to install rooftop solar panels and battery systems.
“SWQ households could be saving up to $400 a year with our solar and battery packages, even after taking into account interest-free loan repayments,” he said.
“This is a great opportunity to cut your power bills and your emissions, saving money and doing your bit for climate change.”
Dr Lynham said the government’s renewable energy initiatives were part of the $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan that was already putting downward pressure on electricity prices.
“Regional power bills went down on average 1.3 per cent last year and are forecast to fall again by $58 for the average household and $180 for small business,” he said.
“Queensland has the lowest average power prices of the eastern seaboard states.
“We know Queenslanders are concerned about the cost of living and that’s why we are working hard to keep pressure on prices and help households save by making the transition to renewables.”
The scheme offers loans and grants for households and local businesses installing panels and batteries. Solar power is used to charge the batteries, which then can be used at night or when the sun isn’t shining to reduce electricity costs. The grants are $3000 and interest-free loans up to $6000 for batteries, and $10,000 for combined solar-battery installations.
With about 2400 approved applications on the State Government’s books already, the clock is ticking on the remaining places.
“There are limited places still available for grants and loans and I encourage anyone interested to get online before it’s too late,” Dr Lynham said.
“And for those who have had their applications approved, book in an appointment with your installer and start saving.”
A total of 23 locals in the south-west have had their applications for interest-free loans or grants approved since the scheme opened late last year. Of those, eight systems have been installed.
South-west Queensland companies, including Toowoomba-based ACDC, Electrical Sensations and Solahart Queensland, are among the 25 companies statewide approved to install solar and batteries.
Dr Lynham said the scheme also aimed to support high quality installers to help kick start the battery storage industry and new jobs.
“With more than 500,000 rooftop solar systems in Queensland we have one of the highest penetrations of rooftop solar in the world,” he said.
“The next wave is to be a world leader in battery storage.”

BACKGROUND
To apply for solar, battery or solar and battery package:
• Get a quote from an eligible battery supplier for an eligible battery system. You can find a list of eligible suppliers and batteries online at www.qld.gov.au/batteryloans.
• Apply online www.qld.gov.au/batteryloans.
• Get approved
• Tell your supplier you’re approved and get your system installed. (You cannot get it installed before approval or you’re not eligible.)
• Get back online to have your approved dollar amount paid to your supplier.
• You have six months from approval to get your system installed.
[ENDS] Media contact: Jan Martin 0439 341 314

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