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Using Income Contingent Loans for the Financing of the Next Million Australian Solar Rooftops

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  • Kenneth Baldwin
  • Bruce Chapman
  • Umbu Raya

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Rooftop solar systems have two major benefits: a reduction of carbon emissions (a public good) and future energy bill savings for consumers. However, the availability of solar energy systems to low-income households is constrained by access to finance for the initial investment cost, an issue which could potentially be addressed with the use of income contingent loans (ICLs). By applying unconditional quantile econometric methods to HILDA income data we illustrate that for a $10,000 loan for home owners ICLs can be used with little or no cost to government to help finance the next one million solar energy devices.

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  • Kenneth Baldwin & Bruce Chapman & Umbu Raya, 2015. "Using Income Contingent Loans for the Financing of the Next Million Australian Solar Rooftops," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2015-627, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
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    1. Bruce Chapman & Tim Higgins, 2009. "Income Contingent Loans for Mature Aged Training," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 12(2), pages 167-179.
    2. Severance, Craig A., 2011. "A Practical, Affordable (and Least Business Risk) Plan to Achieve "80% Clean Electricity" by 2035," The Electricity Journal, Elsevier, vol. 24(6), pages 8-26, July.
    3. Bruce Chapman & Linda Courtenay Botterill, 2009. "A Revenue Contingent Loan Instrument for Agricultural Credit with Particular Reference to Drought Relief," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 12(2), pages 181-196.
    4. Paul Simshauser & Tim Nelson, 2014. "The Consequences of Retail Electricity Price Rises: Rethinking Customer Hardship," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 47(1), pages 13-43, March.
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    Keywords

    income contingent loans; solar energy;

    JEL classification:

    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q27 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Issues in International Trade

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