More Solar for Moreland
Thursday 10 September 2020
Moreland City Council has a good track record of being proactive when it comes to the climate crisis, including the Zero Carbon Moreland Framework 2040 ensuring zero carbon emissions and 100% renewable energy timeframes.
Reason Party Candidate for the South Ward, Rachel Payne feels there could be more done for residents and access to renewable energy, through a council-led Solar Panel Scheme.
Essentially, this would see residential households provided access to solar panel energy. Installation would be paid for by council and then rate-payers can pay this back, interest-free, through annual rates over a set period of time.
Currently, Moreland City Council has an initiative similar that is only available to commercial businesses and organisations. It is paid for by investment and returns dividends. Other councils have run with a similar proposal to provide solar access to residents.
“A scheme like this can be targeted towards lower income households, renters, or pensioners. This would allow even the most financially vulnerable in Moreland to afford solar, and could be key to lowering the cost of living in a recession and difficult recovery period” said Rachel Payne.
So while Moreland Council currently offers plenty of avenues for advice and quotes, they only offer payment schemes for businesses and organisations.
“Paying for residents solar panels, and then having them pay it off through rate increases without interest is the next logical step”.
Rachel has released a series of policies around a Greener, Cleaner Community, including a recycling audit, to make recycling as simple and as effective as possible while considering soft plastics and food delivery waste; a push for more public bins and recycling stations in busy areas; and a proposal to repurpose materials like old tyres to create urban paving.
“Melbourne Uni has been doing some impressive work on creating urban paths that can be used for footpaths, cycling tracks, car parks and low-volume roads. They are made out of old tyres and provide natural irrigation for trees, stop water pooling and are cooler than conventional concrete paths. Plus it is recycling old waste. I think Moreland Council should jump at the chance to get onboard with this opportunity”.
In 2018 it was reported that 51 million used tyres are discarded each year, but only only five per cent are recycled locally.
“All new footpaths and cycling tracks should be using this alternative, and so should new construction builds”.
Contact Rachel Payne: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 0492 966 312