The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup - September

30 September 2020

An additional 60 energy efficient homes with a NatHERs rating of 7-7.5 to be built across NSW

Housing Plus has been awarded a further contract with the NSW Government to build an additional 60 energy efficient social and affordable homes across the state, backed by the CEFC. The new housing will have onsite renewable generation and will be financed by a $21.6 million debt facility from the CEFC, on behalf of the Australian Government. These 60 new dwellings will be in addition to the 220 social and affordable homes, financed by a CEFC commitment of $91.4 million, that Housing Plus is currently delivering across the Central West NSW since February 2019. 

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$153M to be allocated to install energy efficient upgrades on 50,250 homes across Queensland

Solar Citizens, the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Queensland Conservation Council have combined forces for a proposal that would see solar and energy-efficient upgrades on social housing across Queensland (QLD), an initiative which would save households serious dough on their electricity bills. The proposal, “emPower Homes: A Social Homes Energy Support Stimulus”, is a direct response to the pressure many Queensland households are under as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The QLD Government are already leading the way amongst states opting with foresight for a renewable led recovery, but economic recoveries take time – time many in social housing don’t have the financials to fall back on. 

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CSIRO identifies energy efficiency as a key to helping restore economic growth and resilience

 new report from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has revealed the opportunities for key industries to leverage science and technology and help restore economic growth and resilience. The COVID-19: Recovery and resilience report highlights the trends and national advantages COVID-19 has created, and how six Australian industries can capitalise on them over the next 6-24 months and beyond. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said science and technology create economic growth and opportunity for all Australians.

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Morrison Govt announces $52.2M funding for energy efficiency program for homes and hotels

The Morrison government will continue to fund Australia’s renewable energy agency to the tune of $1.43bn over a decade but overhaul its mandate so there will be less investment in solar and wind, and more focus on investment in hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, microgrids and energy efficiency. The baseline funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) will be supplemented by a transfer of funds from the government’s emissions reduction fund and a new grants program worth $193.4m – but that represents a funding cut to the agency which was established by the Gillard government in 2011. The significant overhaul will be unveiled by Scott Morrison on Thursday ahead of the government outlining its next steps in the technology roadmap, which is the government’s emissions reduction strategy. 

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WA homeowners can now measure and control their energy consumption with the rollout of 180,000 new meters

Homeowners will be able to better measure and control their energy consumption with Western Power’s rollout of 180,000 new meters in the next two years – a move also expected to facilitate the emergence of new sustainable housing technologies. More than 100,000 advanced meters have been installed so far at South West households as part of the initiative, which enables homeowners to receive up-to-date billing, remote detection of service line faults, faster re-energisation services and more detailed information about energy consumption. The data is now available at half-hourly intervals and shows how and when homeowners use their electricity.

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Energy efficient LED lights to be installed to over 4,000 residential street lights in the Shoalhaven region

Shoalhaven City Council has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Local Government NSW’s Excellence in the Environment Awards in both the Towards Net Zero Emissions and Resource Recovery categories. In the Towards Net Zero Emissions category, Council is recognised for its actions and commitments in the past year to increase renewable energy generation on its assets, prepare its inaugural Sustainable Energy Strategy and begin an internal Revolving Energy Fund (REFund). Over 400 kW of new solar PV were installed in the past year on assets such as the Nowra Library, Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre and wastewater treatment plants. 

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