Our Energy Future
Inner West Council is part of the Our Energy Future program, to help residents reduce their energy bills, improve comfort levels and improve their environmental footprint.
Through the new Our Energy Future website, residents, businesses and Council staff can access up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice.
You can also call the Our Energy Future experts for advice on rooftop solar PV, bills, quotes, which technology to choose—anything energy related!
"I would definitely recommend Our Energy Future to others.
It was good to have that independent body helping you make decisions
because it's overwhelming. Otherwise, you don't know where to start!"
Danielle, Inner West resident
Rooftop Solar PV
If you want to know more about how solar works, visit the Solar Information page. The experts at Our Energy Future have conducted a rigorous procurement process in order to find a supplier and installer to recommend.
You can sign up online to receive an obligation-free quote or call the Our Energy Future team on 1300 339 915 to further discuss whether or not solar might be right for you.
Is solar power worthwhile for your home?
Listen to this two part podcast, covering all the basics you need to know.
Part one covers:
- The components of a solar energy system … what they are and how they work
- How to work out how big a system you’ll need
- The difference between panels, including key tips to assess their power and potential, and what to know about your roof space and power use overall to inform what you choose
- Batteries – when going off grid is worthwhile, and surprises you may not be aware of when it comes to choosing a battery system, and that you may not be as ‘off-grid’ as you think
Part two covers:
- How to position the panels
- What to consider when designing from scratch to make your roof work for solar
- What to do if your budget is tight and you can only afford a small system
- How to find a reputable installer and the questions to ask them New technologies such as solar tiles
Installing solar PV - Frequently asked questions
Q. I want to install solar on my roof. How do I start?
A. Call Our Energy Future on 1300 339 915 to find out if you’re able to put solar PV on your roof. Their specialists will help guide you through the process and answer any questions you have. Check Our Energy Future's FAQs.
Q. There are so many solar suppliers - which one should I use?
A. Suppliers that have been vetted through a trusted source. Our Energy Future’s suppliers are secured through a rigorous selection process - they have found trusted suppliers so you don’t have to.
The procurement process provides due diligence on product quality, warranty length, cost and customer service. In addition, the solar system components are independently assessed by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) to ensure they meet high standards.
The suppliers are chosen based on:
- Quality of product
Length of warranties
- Financial sustainability
- Shared company values
Q. Do I need a DA (development application) to install solar PV?
A. In most situations, no.
In general, household rooftop solar panel installations do not require development consent if certain requirements are met. Some of these requirements include reducing their visual impact, especially on properties with heritage value (e.g. heritage items, period dwellings, or in heritage conservation areas) and limiting impact on neighbours. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may need to obtain formal consent.
If clarification is needed, you can call the Duty Planners on 9392 5000 to check.
It is also important to ensure that the chosen location for panels is not likely to be overshadowed by future development on neighbouring properties.
Already have solar? Solar Health Check tool
Want to use your solar power effectively?
Our Energy Future has launched the Use Your Power project, which includes two tools to help you use your solar panels more effectively.
The Solar Health Check tool has been designed to allow you to check how healthy your solar power system is. By using this tool you’ll be able to see how much power your system is generating and then compare it to systems of the same size and installation type. The tool also recommends some courses of action that you can take if you discover that your system isn’t working efficiently.
The second tool is the Your Energy Profile activity, which gets you to visually chart how you currently use energy in your home. Completing this activity will help identify if you’re maximising usage of your solar power. If it appears that you are not then it will recommend some simple behaviour changes that you can make to increase the amount of power you use for free from your roof. The end result could be a lower electricity bill and/or the ability to better utilise the resources you own!
Other Energy Services
Our Energy Future also provides services on:
- Our Energy Future website
- Energy helpline—1300 339 915
- Referral pathways to different energy efficiency and renewable energy products
- Information sessions
- Home energy assessments
About Our Energy Future
Our Energy Future is an initiative of councils in the South Sydney Region of Councils. It is the first project in the Southern Sydney Renewable Energy Master Plan. The ultimate goal of the Renewable Energy Master Plan is to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy produced in southern Sydney.