So­lar power tar­get

Prom­ises for lower elec­tric­ity bills, re­duced emis­sions

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BYTATE SPI­TERI tspi­teri@ ne­me­

A PRO­JECT in Myrtle­ford to en­cour­age more house­holds to in­stall so­lar pan­els and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment has just been launched.

Branded ‘Ra­di­ant Power Myrtle­ford’ it is hoped that the af­ford­able pric­ing and qual­ity product sup­port from ac­cred­ited in­staller Bright and District Elec­tri­cal Ser­vices will mo­ti­vate peo­ple to make the move to­wards re­new­able en­ergy.

Ra­di­ant Power Myrtle­ford is tar­get­ing an area stretch­ing from Eurobin to Whorouly and prom­ises lower elec­tric­ity bills and re­duced green­house gas emis­sions.

The tar­get is to in­stall at least 100 sys­tems dur­ing the of­fer pe­riod thereby in­creas­ing the num­ber of homes in the area with so­lar power to 30 per cent.

The long-term goal is then to reach 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy sovereignty by 2030.

The prices cur­rently on of­fer ex­tend to De­cem­ber 31 with the over­all pro­mo­tion end­ing March 31, 2019.

Pro­ject co­or­di­na­tor Noel Stone said that a re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment of­fer­ing a 50 per cent re­bate on the cost of a so- lar PV sys­tem, up to a max­i­mum re­bate of $2,225 made the Ra­di­ant Power Myrtle­ford of­fer even sweeter.

“The de­tails on how to ap­ply are now on­line at www. so­,” he said.

“The ba­sic rules about prop­erty value and salary lim­its should not de­ter too many peo­ple.”

Lo­cals will also have the op­tion to ap­ply to WAW Credit Union’s Myrtle­ford branch for fi­nance avail­able un­der their Green and So­lar Loans of­fer, which is sub­ject to stan­dard lend­ing cri­te­ria.

“If they choose this op­tion it must be ap­proved and fi­nalised be­fore the in­stal­la­tion com­mences,” Mr Stone said.

“So­lar tech­nol­ogy is evolv­ing at a great rate and will soon see the launch of Indigo Power which will be owned by the lo­cal North East com­mu­nity, tak­ing the power from the giant en­ergy re­tail­ers.

“It will sup­port lo­cal re­new­able en­ergy projects such as Ra­di­ant Power Myrtle­ford and al­low com­mu­ni­ties to set up mini-grids where houses with so­lar pan­els and bat­ter­ies share elec­tric­ity be­tween house­holds.”

Full de­tails can be viewed on the Ra­di­ant Power Myrtle­ford Face­book page.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

THREE-PEAT: Myrtle­ford play­ers cel­e­brate their third con­sec­u­tive AWFA Cup on Sun­day. Full re­ports in sport.

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