Pow­er­ing up for so­lar pan­els


A GIRRAWHEEN devel­op­ment on a for­mer school site is part of a so­lar power project ex­pected to give house­holds long-term cost sav­ings.

Yolk Prop­erty Group and In­fi­nite En­ergy, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties and Ven­tura Home Group, will roll out the so­lar power pur­chas­ing agree­ment pilot pro­gram at The Am­ble Es­tate.

The 10-year agree­ment will in­volve in­stalling so­lar sys­tems at no cost to par­tic­i­pat­ing homes, which could save those house­holds 40 per cent on day­time so­lar elec­tric­ity.

Yolk di­rec­tor Tao Bour­ton said the agree­ment was an in­no­va­tive way to re­duce house­hold elec­tric­ity costs with longterm sav­ings.

“Aus­tralians pay the high­est rates for res­i­den­tial elec­tric­ity in the world and this aims to rem­edy that,” he said.

“(It) al­lows res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings on their so­lar elec­tric­ity for an en­tire decade.

“Af­ter that, res­i­dents can take own­er­ship of the so­lar equip­ment.”

In­fi­nite En­ergy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ai­dan Jenkins said the model could dis­rupt the res­i­den­tial so­lar in­dus­try across Aus­tralia.

“This so­lu­tion al­lows for an even greater num­ber of house­holds to ac­cess the ben­e­fits of so­lar en­ergy with­out the up­front cost of in­stalling a sys­tem,” he said.

Un­der the agree­ment, In­fi­nite En­ergy owns and main­tains the so­lar sys­tem on each house and res­i­dents buy day­time elec­tric­ity at a rate equat­ing to 40 per cent less than the Syn­ergy A1 tar­iff.

Any ex­tra elec­tric­ity the res­i­dent uses above what their so­lar sys­tem pro­duces is taken from the grid.

The Am­ble Es­tate on the for­mer Hainsworth pri­mary school site is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Yolk Prop­erty Group, Ven­tura Home Group and the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties.

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