Town to con­trib­ute for so­lar

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

TOWN of Vic­to­ria Park busi­nesses and res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to take ad­van­tage of a new lo­cal govern­ment part­ner­ship to re­duce their car­bon foot­print and power bill.

Ac­cord­ing to the Clean En­ergy Coun­cil, Aus­tralian busi­nesses with pho­to­voltaic (PV) roof top so­lar sys­tems col­lec­tively save about $64 mil­lion on power bills each year.

To en­cour­age more use of re­new­able en­ergy, Town of Vic­to­ria Park has joined forces with so­lar power com­pany Clean NRG to of­fer dis­counts for in­stal­la­tion of so­lar en­ergy sys­tems.

The part­ner­ship, known as the Switch your think­ing pro­gram, makes res­i­dents el­i­gi­ble for a 15 per cent dis­count on house­holds and a 20 per cent dis­count on busi­nesses when pur­chas­ing from Clean NRG.

“I am proud the Town is able to be a part of this won­der­ful ini­tia­tive, help­ing the com­mu­nity to save money, re­duce emis­sions and com­bat cli­mate change,” Mayor Trevor Vaughan said.

Roof top so­lar sys­tems re­duce re­liance on fos­sil fu­els while also re­duc­ing the amount of power a house pur­chases from the grid.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to help fam­i­lies and busi­nesses in the Town of Vic­to­ria Park to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce ris­ing elec­tric­ity bills,” Clean NRG man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Craig Dono­hue said.

“So­lar has never been more af­ford­able with the price drop­ping 70 per cent since 2010 and cur­rent fed­eral govern­ment in­cen­tives re­turn about 30 per cent of the so­lar sys­tem’s cost to the buyer.”

Al­most 15 per cent of Perth homes and 1 per cent of busi­nesses have so­lar en­ergy .

More at www.switchy­our­think­ing.com.

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