ACT Election Announcements

Protecting jobs and investing in our homes

August 03, 2020

ACT Labor has a plan to invest in our city’s future by protecting local jobs and supporting Canberrans to benefit from clean, sustainable homes that cut down their energy bills.

An ACT Labor Government will create and protect hundreds of jobs in the green energy sector by offering interest free loans between $2,000 and $15,000 to any ACT homeowner to help with the upfront costs of investing in rooftop solar panels, household battery storage or hot water heat pumps.

Solar panels

  • Solar panels generate power during the day when the sun is out, which is then converted into electricity to power your home.
  • A 5kw system in an average household would provide around $1,000 in annual savings.

Household battery storage

  • Batteries can be used to store energy from renewable and other sources, including from your rooftop solar panels.
  • Excess energy generated by your solar panels is sent to your battery. This allows you to use the stored energy when it is needed.
  • For households that already have a 5kw solar system, a battery storage solution in Canberra with 3kwh capacity could provide significant annual savings.

Hot water heat pumps

  • High-efficiency heat pumps for hot water are cheaper to run, and better for the environment, than electric or gas systems.
  • Heat pumps use 55-80% less energy than standard electric storage or gas hot water systems.
  • An average household will save up to $635/year with a hot water heat pump.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to make these investments in their household and benefit from cheaper electricity and water bills. 

Our plan will create and protect hundreds of local jobs over the next decade, at a time when our city needs it most. 

Now more than ever, we need a government that Canberrans can trust to protect local jobs and support our economy. 

Canberra’s economy is worth over $40 billion, supporting over 200,000 jobs.

We’ve created and protected Canberra jobs through good times and bad.

We promised it, and only ACT Labor can continue delivering it.