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NEW NATIONALS IN GOVERNMENT BILL-BUSTING INITIATIVES FOR CLARENCE AND RICHMOND VALLEY ELECTRICITY USERS

NEW NATIONALS IN GOVERNMENT BILL-BUSTING INITIATIVES FOR CLARENCE AND RICHMOND VALLEY ELECTRICITY USERS

Clarence and Richmond Valley self-funded retirees and solar power users are set to save big time on their power bills thanks to two new initiatives delivered by the Nationals in the NSW Government, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“We’ve already brought in a range of electricity bill-busting initiatives for low income families, now we are extending that to self-funded retirees and people going solar,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“At least 1000 local self-funded retirees will be able to claim $200 a year to help with their power bills.”

Mr Gulaptis said the rebates will be available to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders through Service NSW centres and online from 1 July 2019.

“In addition, 300,000 households across regional NSW could save hundreds of dollars on their power bills thanks to a no-interest loan provided by the Nationals in Government to purchase solar-battery and battery systems,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“A family with a $500 quarterly electricity bill could save up to $285 a year on their bills while repaying the no-interest loans. These savings could increase to more than $2,000 a year when the loan is fully repaid.”

To be eligible for the scheme, applicants will need to be owner-occupiers of a house with an annual household income of up to $180,000. Loans of up to $9,000 per battery system and up to $14,000 per solar-battery system will be available.