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.
Frequently Asked Questions – Installing Solar PV
Q. I want to install solar on my roof. How do I start?
A. A simple call to Our Energy Future on 1300 339 915 will let you know 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 Futures FAQ’s.
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. Call Inner West Duty Planners on 9392 5000 to check.
In general household rooftop solar panel installation does not require development consent if certain requirements are met. Some of these requirements include reducing the visibility in heritage conservation areas and limiting impact on neighbours. If you are unable to meet these requirements you will need to obtain formal consent.
Further information is available on Council’s web page.
It is also important to ensure that the chosen location for panels is not likely to be overshadowed by future development on neighbouring properties.
If you have any further planning questions and would like some assistance with understanding whether your proposal would be either exempt or complying development, please contact the duty planner on 9392 5000.
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
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.