The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed the redirection of funds back into the solar hot water rebate programme.
The Federal government has announced $24 million will be spent to help local councils install solar or heat pump hot water systems in community facilities and $21 million to the existing home energy saver scheme for low-income Australians to buy more efficient electrical items.
Nature Conservation Council CEO Pepe Clarke said Australians were embracing renewable energy such as solar hot water and solar energy.
““The number of Australian households generating power from the sun has grown exponentially since the late 1990s,” Mr Clarke said.
“According to the Clean Energy Council, almost 500,000 people have installed solar panels and thousands more are doing so each month.
“The Nature Conservation Council's 100% Ready campaign has been travelling around the State talking to people who have saved hundreds of dollars on their power bills by installing solar panels and solar hot water.
“The decision to reinvest in the industry can only increase our potential for a clean energy future,” Mr Clarke said.
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