20. January 2022

Tenants and apartment owners to benefit from new solar power scheme


The third of Australian households now locked out of solar power as a result of they’re renters or lack appropriate roof-space for solar cells may quickly lower your expenses and minimize greenhouse gasoline emissions below a shared solar power possession mannequin.

A “solar garden” being installed on the rooftop of North Coast Community Housing in 2019.

A “solar garden” being put in on the rooftop of North Coast Community Housing in 2019.

In Lismore an alliance of group teams raised cash to have 35.5 kilowatts of solar cells put in on the roof of the places of work of North Coast Community Housing, with the additional money from extra power generated being returned to tenants and group teams comparable to Brunswick Marine Rescue.

Each of the households who have been a part of the scheme obtained a credit score of about $580 on their annual power invoice final 12 months.

That comparatively small so-called “solar garden” might be dwarfed by a second venture quickly to constructed on farmland at Grong Grong, within the Riverina, the place individuals might be ready to buy “plots” in a 1 megawatt solar backyard, an set up giant sufficient to provide power to about 333 houses.

Those who purchase plots in what might be referred to as the Haystacks solar backyard can anticipate to pay between $4000 and $4200 for a 3KW digital plot, a worth that’s doubtless to be barely cheaper than putting in a similar-sized unit on their very own roof.

Felicity Stening, managing director of Enova Community Energy, the vitality retailer linked to the 2 solar gardens, says an identical mannequin has labored properly within the United States however has not but taken off in Australia, partially due to laws that haven’t saved up with new possession fashions.


“It took a number of years just to have the ATO recognise that the credit on the solar power bills should be GST free,” she mentioned.

But she added that whereas Australia has the world’s largest uptake of home solar power, about 30 per cent of the nation’s households don’t have prepared entry to appropriate roof area for their very own solar panels.

Some stay in flats, others are tenants. Kristy Walters of Community Power Agency mentioned some individuals need entry to solar however don’t need to minimize bushes down that shade and cool their houses.

A survey revealed on Tuesday by Energy Consumers Australia exhibits curiosity is excessive in new fashions of group possession of solar power techniques.

The survey, which has been assessing public sentiment over client vitality points twice a 12 months for six years, discovered 55 per cent of all shoppers mentioned they have been taken with shopping for power from a area people solar backyard, and 71 per cent of household households expressed curiosity in doing so.

Labor’s vitality plan, launched earlier this month, features a dedication to co-invest $100 million to assist the creation of 85 solar banks, which might function akin to the solar gardens.

Labor says the coverage may permit greater than 25,000 households to share in the advantages of solar power via a co-operative possession mannequin.

The Energy Consumers Australia survey, carried out by Essential Research, discovered that as vitality costs stabilised over the previous 12 months, basic satisfaction with vitality companies improved.

It discovered 82 per cent of family and small enterprise electrical energy shoppers have been glad with their service, up 4 per cent from December 2020, and 67 per cent of households mentioned they have been glad with the worth for cash supplied by their electrical energy service, up 31 per cent for the reason that survey’s low level of December 2017.

“We’ve seen consumer confidence and positivity around energy rising steadily since 2017 and that has continued in the past year,” Energy Consumers Australia chief govt Lynne Gallagher mentioned.

She mentioned the inflow of renewable vitality into our system, paired with better monitoring and enforcement powers for the ACCC, had introduced down costs and shoppers had seen the advance.

But she added that the survey confirmed shoppers needed extra choices and extra artistic enthusiastic about how they and their neighbours may generate and retailer vitality as a net-zero future approaches.

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