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Adelaide leads the way for sustainable future

By Brett Pilgrim

As an owner of real estate in Adelaide, you often have the chance to share in innovative and nation-leading ideas. The City of Churches has once again stepped up to the plate with its latest scheme, which could see Adelaide become a leading light in the push towards a more sustainable future. 

Adelaide city council has released its plans for its Sustainable City Incentives Scheme, a move to tackle climate change and encourage residents to conserve energy, water and other natural resources. The council will provide funding for households, schools, businesses and community organisations to install environmentally-friendly and conservation technology.

Just one category of device that the council is supporting is batteries, which store energy from solar panels rather than drawing it directly from the grid. Residents can receive up to $5,000 to install this device, as well as incentives for – among other things – electric vehicle chargers, solar panels and energy efficient upgrades.

This is an Australian first and one that the council is incredibly proud of.

"We are on the cusp of an energy revolution, now, just as we capture and store the rain water that falls on our roofs, we can capture the sun's energy and store it until we need it, making continuous availability of carbon-free renewable energy a reality," said lord mayor Martin Haese. 

"Council is determined that we will continue to be a leader in climate action, and our expanded incentives to further encourage Adelaide's businesses and community early adopters."

Mr Haese said that more than 27 per cent of South Australian households have solar panel technology installed on their roof. Adelaide city council has already trimmed its carbon emissions by 60 per cent, and this incentive scheme is just another step towards creating a carbon-neutral city.

Not only will it have great benefits for the environment, but it could save owners of property in Adelaide large amounts on their energy bills every year.

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