Up front in ReNew: Renewables for all

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AS ITS name suggests, Renewables for All is an initiative to help ensure equitable access to clean energy technology for all Australians “no matter their income or living arrangements.” Set up by the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE), along with Community Power Agency and Starfish Initiatives, it provides a potential policy framework and business models for governments and agencies to work from, with briefing papers now available on:

  • Solar gardens: the establishment of central solar facilities that enable apartment owners/tenants and others who aren’t able to put solar on their rooftop to have access to clean energy and bill savings.
  • Financing via rates or rents: these mechanisms could allow payback over time by low-income homeowners or renters to councils or homeowners who finance the purchase of these technologies.
  • Community-owned renewable energy projects to increase clean energy accessibility and affordability.
  • Mini-grids and embedded networks: outlining the different approaches and benefits and what policy changes are required to enable them.

For more information on this project and to download all the papers: www.bit.ly/2aWSuRZ

Read more news stories in the Up front section in ReNew 137.

EOFY ReNew 2017

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