Council makes going solar easy
Friday, 3 August 2018
Council’s new partnership with UNSW and the Australian Photovoltaic Institute is further supporting Inner West residents to make the switch to solar.
As a member of the Cities Power Partnership, Council has committed to making available to residents and business owners the very best options to install and own solar and renewable energy.
The latest initiative is SunSPoT a ‘solar potential tool’. The online tool estimates the potential for electricity generation from every single roof in the Inner West.
The tool makes it easy to calculate how much electricity and money could be saved by installing a solar system.
Council worked with SunSPoT to map the Inner West, so that everyone can see the solar energy potential of their own rooftops.
SunSPoT uses geographical information systems data to estimate the technical potential of rooftop solar, accounting for solar radiation, the tilt of roof surfaces and shading at the site.
Armed with the information about their solar power potential, residents and owners of homes and businesses can then move forward in making more informed decisions.
Once residents and business owners see for themselves how much electricity they could be generating, and how much money they could be saving, Council then further supports them on their solar journey with several other initiatives.
These include detailed advice on solar installation and systems that suit their needs, and obligation-free quotes from vetted, reliable installers who claim any and all rebates on their customers behalf.
This service is provided by Our Energy Future a collaboration of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and eight Sydney councils (including Inner West).
As well, Council offers face-to-face solar assessments for those who prefer a one-on-one consultation through the Green Living Centre.
Council has adopted a resolution to make the Inner West Council a leader in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.
To achieve this, as well as making available to residents and business owners the very best options to install and own solar and renewable energy, Council has also committed to ensuring all Council buildings are fitted with PV cells and is currently investigating investing in a solar farm.