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RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula help residents access solar

04 June 2019

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula and the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) are collaborating on a scheme to recommend trusted solar panel providers to residents and deliver savings on electricity.

The scheme is designed to assist people traditionally locked out of the solar market due to barriers such as lack of funds or information and being in the renting/leasing market. Residents and businesses will face no up-front costs and the scheme will deliver better returns to the local economy.

RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Economic Development Manager Peter Scott said “Many successful schemes have delivered outcomes to middle-income property owners but have been limited in their capacity to provide finance options for low-income earners, retirees, tenants and those who are socially disadvantaged.”

He explained the more people we get to express an interest in solar, solar/battery or battery solutions, the better deal we can get with solar companies and the greater the benefit to our local economy.

“RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula is researching all of the bulk buy rooftop solar programs delivered around Australia to determine the best approach for the Eyre Peninsula.”

EPLGA President and Tumby Bay Mayor Sam Telfer said “Cooperation between the 11 Councils and an expert assessment panel will deliver affordable solar and solar/battery solutions that the community can trust.”

More information on the community solar scheme is on the RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula website and at the EPLGA website.

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc.(RDAWEP) Economic Development Manager Peter Scott with Tumby Bay Mayor and Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) President Sam Telfer.