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Constituency questions: Solar for Prahran residents

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
23 June 2022

My constituency question is for the Minister for Solar Homes, who is in the chamber today, and I ask: what is the government doing to ensure that residents in the Prahran electorate can access the Solar Homes program and increase the uptake of solar within our community? Our community wants to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, but the uptake of solar panels and batteries and the number of installations through Solar Homes compared to the other areas is low, no doubt due to the high number of renters, which make up the majority of residents in Prahran, as well as the high number of apartment dwellers. But even given that, the number of rental properties with panels provided through Solar Homes in the Prahran electorate is less than 10. This means that residents, particularly younger people, are missing out on the benefits of solar, the benefits to our climate as well as the cost of living. I would like to know what the government is doing to increase the uptake of Solar Homes on rental properties, which is currently well below the government’s stated target, and how they are facilitating solar to be installed on apartment buildings.

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
23 June 2022
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