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Question Without Notice No. 634 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 September 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 14 September 2017

PUBLIC HOUSING — SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
      634. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:
(1) Does the government have plans to install solar photovoltaic systems on social housing properties —
      (a) by retrofitting existing properties; or
      (b) through the installation of PV systems on new builds?
(2) If no to (1)(a) or (b), why not?
      (3) If yes to (1)(a), please provide the number and locations by region of properties already retrofitted?
      (4) If yes to (1)(b), please provide the number of properties, the locations by region, and the approximate time frame for the installations?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) No.
      (2) In 2012, the then Housing Authority and the Public Utilities Office commenced a pilot project to install solar panels on a number of public housing properties to test whether the installation of the panels was a cost effective way to bring down the cost of electricity for public housing tenants. At the close of the project, the Public Utilities Office conducted a benefits analysis and confirmed the average value of savings was $325 per annum. It was concluded that this project, while well intentioned, was not cost effective due to the high installation costs. With the increasingly competitive solar PV industry leading to reductions in system and installation costs, the Department of Communities continues to monitor the cost effectiveness of these options and may consider it again at some point in the future, particularly given innovative and sustainable design and construction methodologies.
      (3)–(4) Not applicable.