A man and woman holding a child stand in front of a modest home with solar panel roof.

Electrify 2515 plan to subside renewable energy, EV car lease in Illawarra suburb

Low carbon emission enthusiasts have launched a northern scheme to create a fully electrified community, located in the Illawarra south of Sydney.

A call has gone out for homes in the postcode 2515 — covering Thirroul, Austinmer, Coledale, Wombarra Scarborough and Clifton — to sign up and potentially receive financial subsides to convert to solar panels and install a battery, electric cooking, heating, hot water and lease an electric car.

The scheme was the brainchild of Dr Saul Griffith, engineer and founder of Rewiring Australia and Rewiring America, who has been a climate adviser to US president Joe Biden and now lives locally.

Trent Janson from Electrify 2515 said the aim initially was to get 500 households to go fully electric.

“So taking your energy from the sun with solar panels, storing it in a battery then transitioning your cooking, space heating and water heating to fully electric and then last of all the big one is transitioning to an electric vehicle,” Mr Janson said.

“We chose this community because we are from this community.

“We know people here, we feel like we have the ability to mobilise this community and to bring them along.

“We also know there is a really high Greens vote here and there is a really large appetite for a project like this.”

He said Mr Griffith had already calculated the potential reduction in emissions.

“As Saul says, if we were to fully electrify all the homes in Australia we would cut our carbon footprint, he says from 28 to 42 per cent and if you include small businesses it’s between like 45 and 72 per cent.”

Dr Saul Griffith says Australia is well placed to lead the world in electrification.(Supplied: Rewiring Australia)

Saul Griffith on his website said Electrify 2515 would potentially be the first of many areas to adopt the program.

“This would be a world first demonstration of full electrification that brings to light the abundant future available if Australia invests in the decarbonisation of its household infrastructure,” he said.

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