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Low-income Logan families living in public housing will be able to buy cheaper solar power under a Queensland government program to cut household electricity bills.

Under the trial, tenants will be able to buy solar power for a discounted per kilowatt hour rate from a local energy provider in an attempt to cut energy costs.

The state government is calling for energy providers to get on board.

“One aspect we will look at is whether the successful tenderer will employ local tradies, including electricians and suppliers,” State Development Minister Cameron Dick said on Monday.

“Logan households will then be invited to participate in the program.”

The solar panels will be installed on selected state-owned homes in the Waterford, Coomera, Woodridge, Logan, Algester and Springwood electorates.

Trials in Cairns and Rockhampton resulted in more than 800 solar panel systems installed, with expected annual savings of up to $250 per household, Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said.