Darebin City Council's Solar Saver program for pensioners

Last Modified: Fri Mar 24 2017 13:38:57 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 4,000
    Approximate number of pensioners that council surveyed to see what their concerns were. Rising electricity prices was among the top - which lead to council's Solar Saver initiative to help pensioners and low-income households deal with rising electricity prices.
  • 0
    Upfront cost of solar panels and installation to home owners (pensioners). The entire cost is borne by the council.
  • 10 years
    Period over which council will recover the costs - interest free - from the home owners through their rates.
  • 280
    households availed of this scheme in Round 1 implemented in the year 2014. Two companies, Positive Charge and Energy Matters, installed the systems.
  • $900,000
    set aside by the council in its 2013/2014 budget to fund its Solar Saver program and bulk-buy solar panels of between 1.5kW and 2kW.
  • 8 million kWh
    of solar energy will be generated from Round 1 installations over the ten-year period.
  • 10,000 tonnes
    reduction in CO2 emissions over a 10 year period from Round 1 installations.
  • 190
    systems installed in Round 2.