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Willoughby Council has signed an agreement with a leading North Shore solar power company that encourages local residents to convert their homes to solar power.

Willoughby City Council’s Our Green City Plan aims to help increase the uptake of solar power in the local Government area, planning to double rooftop capacity by 2023.

The new program will provide residents with value for money quality solar products and will be rolled out by Willoughby as part of the partnership.

As part of the exciting new initiative, residents in the area can either purchase or install a solar power system, a home battery energy storage system, or both.

“Rooftop solar power is part of a range of strategies that we are using to help our community reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2028,” says Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. “It is expected that the ‘bulk buy’ solar power scheme is estimated to accelerate the rate of uptake of rooftop solar by ten percent across the Willoughby City Council area.

“Impact modelling provided to us by an emissions reduction consultant showed there was great benefit to a community bulk-buy scheme. The scheme’s development is a great example of community groups working in partnerships with the Council to benefit the Willoughby community as a whole,” says Mayor Gail.

The new pricing will be on offer until 31 December 2021. For more information visit willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Solar-Bulk-Buy

Residents can opt for:

  • Solar power only
  • Solar power and battery systems
  • Battery only

The options available are:

Solar System Size Economy* Premium^ Premium Plus^
5 kW $3,990 $5,700 $7,820
6.6 kW $4,750 $6,750 $9,300
10 kW $6,800 $9,890 $13,380

*Suntech Solar Panels & Sungrow Inverters      ^ LG Panels & SolarEdge Inverters

 

Battery Redback LG Chem Resu Tesla Powerwall 2
Capacity 7.2 kWh 9.2 kWh 13.5 kWh
Price $9,300 $11,000 $14,950

 

  • Not all household roofs will be suitable for system pricing as indicated
  • Prices are based on a single storey house and a corrugated metal roof. Tile/Klip-lok roofs and houses of two or more storeys may incur an installation premium
  • Solarpro will attend site to assess suitability of your house at the time of quotation
  • This offer is only available to Willoughby City Council residents

TO REQUEST A QUOTE AND MORE INFO: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Sustainable-Living/Renewable-Energy/Solar-Power-Bulk-Buy

For more information about the systems on offer, contact Solarpro on 9453 1485

If further advice is required, contact Martin Daniel, Council’s Sustainability Projects Officer on Martin.Daniel@willoughby.nsw.gov.au or 9777 7691.

More info about Willoughby City Council’s solar targets:

  • We need to reduce our impact on the environment. At least 30% less greenhouse gas emissions from the community by 2028 compared with 2008/09 (based on Our Green City Plan)
  • So, we’re going solar. Willoughby City Council are supporting the community to double solar capacity by 2023.
  • How are we tracking? 2,360 solar photovoltaic systems have been installed since 2001. The solar capacity of the city is 12,617kW.
  • Which suburbs are doing best?
    • Chatswood – 527
    • Roseville* – 401
    • Northbridge – 335

* Locality crosses multiple local government areas. For more detail about this data please contact Council.

  • How do we compare? Properties with solar installations:
    • 66% in Lane Cove Council
    • 20% in Willoughby City Council
    • 08% in Ku-ring-gai council
  • How much money are we saving? $1,520 per annum – estimated average annual savings for each household with solar
  • How much CO2 are we avoiding? 12,200 tonnes – annual CO2 offset from solar installations (equivalent to over 3,000 cars taken off the road).
  • See how easy it is! Watch our case study to see how a local resident is saving money and reducing their carbon footprint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN2z4ZsAGgo&feature=youtu.be.

Sources: Australian PV Institute (APVI) Solar Map and Tools whose PV installation data is sourced from Clean Energy Regulator data (last data update September 2020). More info on our website: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Sustainable-Living/Green-Power/Our-Solar-City

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