Hornsby Shire Council is part of the Our Energy Future initiative, to help residents reduce their energy bills, improve comfort levels and improve their environmental footprint.

Positive CHarge will provide up-to-date energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and support for households, businesses and council staff. So if you are a resident, business owner or council staff member in the Hornsby Shire Council’s Local Government Area and need help managing your energy bills then please call Positive Charge’s helpline during business hours, Mon-Fri on 1300 339 915 and/or sign up to our monthly e-news.

As part of the Our Energy Future initiative, Hornsby Shire Council is supporting a campaign to assist residents who are considering installing solar. If you want to know more about how solar works, visit our solar information page here. The experts at Positive Charge have conducted a rigorous procurement process in order to find a supplier and installer to recommend. You can sign up on line here to receive an obligation free quote or call the Positive Charge team on 1300 339 915 to further discuss whether or not solar might be right for you.

Solar and Planning Permits

In some circumstances Solar Panels do not require development consent. Please find a link to State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 which details when approval is required to install Solar Panels on your roof- http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/inforce/epi%2B641%2B2007%2BFIRST%2B0%2BN/

If you would like to discuss the approval process please contact the Duty Town Planner on 02 9847 6760.

If  you are in a heritage area and you would like to install a solar system on your property please send an email to Council, hsc@hornsby.nsw.gov.au, attention it ‘Council’s Heritage Planner’. Include in the e-mail your address and details outlining where you wish the panels to be installed and include pictures of your property. Council’s Heritage Planner will respond to your e-mail request.

One more thing to be aware of, is that strata bodies have requirements relating to solar panel installations. So make sure to consult with the body corporate of your strata before installing solar panels.

About Hornsby Shire

Hornsby Shire is the second largest Local Government Area (LGA) in the Sydney region, covering an area of 510 square kilometres and is known as the ‘Bushland Shire’ with nearly two-thirds of its area comprising of national park and bushland. The Shire includes land from North Epping in the south to Wisemans Ferry in the north and Brooklyn in the east.

For further information on Hornsby Council’s sustainability initiatives, presentations and workshops please to the My Environment page on Hornsby Shire Council website:  http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/environment