Solar for apartments
Solar energy has grown exponentially on Australian residential rooftops! However, most of these rooftops are on owner-occupied houses. The reason for this is that for solar on apartments there are extra steps needed to get it installed. However, it is possible!
Consider installing solar on the apartment block for your own use. Given the roof space above you is common property, you will need to get permission from the owners corporation before you install. You can do this by getting it put on the agenda at the next meeting. Open communication is key with the owners corporation. Make sure you have a good idea of what you need, where it will go and how much space it will take up. You can obtain a quote from our suppliers so that you have as much information as possible before talking to the Owners Corporation. As part of getting solar, you will also need to get a new by-law included in the Strata By-laws covering your particular apartment. This includes specific information about the system and management of it. Please see the Green Strata website for more guidance on this.
You can also consider installing solar to cover your building’s common area energy usage. In larger buildings, up to 60% of an apartment building’s total energy usage can be used in common areas, so it can definitely be worthwhile. For more information and guidance please go to the Green Strata website.
If you are considering solar for your apartment, obtain a quote from our suppliers so that you have as much information as possible. You can also contact us on 1300 339 915.
Check out the decision tree for more guidance on what type of solar can be considered.
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