QUESTION: Solar panels on public housing

Today Mark again asked the Minister for Human Services about the progress of one of the commitments given to the Greens by the Treasurer during the Land Tax Bill debate last year, namely that the government will install solar panels on a minimum of 75 per cent of all suitable existing public housing.


The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: On 10 September, I asked the minister about the progress of one of the commitments given to the Greens by the Treasurer during the Land Tax Bill debate last year, namely that the government will install solar panels on a minimum of 75 per cent of all suitable existing public housing. The minister took the question on notice and brought back a reply yesterday, for which I am grateful; however, the reply didn't answer all the questions that I asked, so I will invite the minister again to consult with her department and bring back answers to the following questions:

1. How many public housing properties does the SA Housing Authority currently own or control?

2. How many of these SA Housing Authority properties have been identified as suitable for solar panels to be installed?

3. Exactly how many of these properties have had panels installed to date?

4. Within what time frame will the government install solar panels on the remainder of the 75 per cent of suitable public housing properties?

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (Minister for Human Services): I thank the honourable member for his question. The answer in relation to how many properties we own and manage is approximately 35,000. I have seen a figure recently in relation to the number which I think had been assessed as suitable for solar panels. It was somewhere between I think 5,000 and 10,000, but I will need to get those exact figures. I will endeavour to answer the questions that he has asked and bring that back to the chamber.


On 17 November 2020 the following reply was tabled -

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (Minister for Human Services): I have been advised:

1. As at 30 September 2020, SA Housing Authority was responsible for the tenancy and property management of 33,671 properties.

2. As identified in my previous response, just over 6,000 properties have been provided to Tesla for assessment for suitability for the SA Virtual Power Plant (SA VPP). The authority has completed its assessments and property inspections are now underway. Newly built properties will continue to be added to the program over the next several financial years and assessed for suitability.

3. As identified in my previous response, 1,100 properties have had a solar PV system and Tesla Powerwall installed under the SA VPP. As at 30 September 2020, a total of 2,036 solar PV systems have been installed on authority properties.

4. With the roll-out of Phase 3A of the SA VPP, an additional 3,000 installations are proposed by the end of 2022.

As new properties are built, they will be included in the assessment for solar PV installations. Newly built apartment buildings and upgrades of existing walk-up flats will also be assessed for suitability for solar PV.