Three South Australian-based companies have won contracts to supply and install up to 400 solar photovoltaic systems on public housing properties, supporting local jobs.
The State Government has awarded a tender to install up to 200 solar PV systems on public housing in the Adelaide City Council area.
A further 200 solar PV systems will be installed on new public housing being built in metropolitan and regional areas.
The successful tenderers are Cool or Cosy, Suntrix and Zen Energy and the three contracts are estimated to support approximately 75 jobs.
The $2 million project is funded through the $65 million public housing package announced in the 2015-16 State Budget.
Installation is expected to start in coming weeks.
This project forms part of the State Government’s commitment to a sustainable low carbon future and the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative.
This project delivers and extends an election commitment to create a pilot program to install solar PV systems on 200 Housing Trust homes.
If the pilot is successful, Renewal SA will look to expand the program further on new public housing.
Quotes attributable to Acting Housing and Urban Development Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith
This is a win-win for the Housing Trust tenants living in these properties and also the three South Australian-based solar companies which successfully compete for this project.
Installing solar panels will be an important step in reducing living costs for some of South Australia’s most vulnerable citizens while contributing towards making the Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city.
As well as providing substantial savings on electricity bills for public housing tenants, these contracts will also support about 75 local jobs within the local solar industry.