Towns, suburbs can 'electrify everything'

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Towns and suburbs could go fully electric under a pilot program proposed by Greens.

Under the $235 million "electrify everything" scheme announced on Thursday, homes and businesses would get an electric vehicle, rooftop solar and batteries to test the benefits.

The pilot aims to show that by 2025 it will be cost effective and cleaner for homes and cars to be powered by a combination of rooftop solar, home batteries and neighbourhood shipping container-sized systems.

Greens leader Adam Bandt said these suburbs will become a model of the future for everyone and an opportunity to show the world what is possible.

"It's time to get off the gas," he said.

"We will show this works at scale, creating jobs and powering up a community."

The project would suit a suburb in a regional town or city, and could support the rebuilding of areas hit by climate disasters, such as Lismore or Ulmarra in the Northern Rivers, he said.

The proposal draws on the work of engineer and author Saul Griffith, who spruiks the benefits of electrification.

Electrification is the fastest, most cost effective way to slash emissions and can cut household energy bills by $5000 per year, according to the entrepreneur.

"More than three million Australian homes already enjoy the incredible benefit of solar panels thanks to modest investment from government to foster that industry," Dr Griffith said.

"Now we can go further and fully electrify our homes and cars."

The Greens hope to secure the balance of power on May 21 and influence the next government in priority areas such as climate and energy.

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