Solar power for Indigenous families

Indigenous workers have been employed in a Riverina-wide solar installation project which will see 19 Aboriginal Housing Office homes in Tumut have solar installed.

NINETEEN Aboriginal Housing Office homes in Tumut will have solar installed as part of a Riverina-wide project from the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) Climate Resilient Living Program.

Wagga business Solar Professionals is set to employ around ten Aboriginal workers and provide training and skills such as white card and working at heights, under a new solar contract from AHO.

Phase one of the AHO’s Climate Resilient Living Program will see 1,402 houses across New South Wales fitted with solar systems, with Solar Professionals contracted to fit over half of those in the Central West and Riverina/Murray region.

Further social impact will be delivered with AHO tenants receiving education and support to manage their energy bills.

“AHO understands the rising cost of living and is dedicated to not only improve home comfort and reduce financial stress for residents, but enable communities to take part in NSW’s clean energy transformation,” Ms. Broun said.

“This project empowers families and communities. We’ll also provide our new contract team with high-demand skills for future endeavours,” said Solar Professionals Managing Director, Andrew Meurant.

Luke Penrith, Business Development Officer for Summit Employment and Training, will help recruit and train the new workforce. He believes it’s a huge opportunity.

“It’s important Aboriginal people build infrastructure for Aboriginal communities,” he said.

“Clean energy also aligns with Indigenous values and our customs for looking after the environment,” said Mr Penrith.

These skills are also highly transferable.

“Other benefits include a six unit training program valued at over

$2,000, up to 14 weeks paid work experience with an experienced team, and Tool Kit & Safety Gear valued at $500,” said Mr Meurant.