Inner West Council is part of the Our Energy Future initiative to help local people adopt clean renewable energy. The inner west community’s goal is to become a zero emissions community, which owns and generates renewable energy.
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 energy experts for advice on bills, quotes, which technology to choose—anything energy related!
Energy helpline: 1300 339 915
If you want to know more about how solar works, visit the solar information page. The energy experts have conducted a rigorous procurement process in order to find suppliers and installers to recommend.
You can sign up online to receive an obligation-free quote or call the team on 1300 339 915 to further discuss whether or not solar might be right for you.
The services available through the Our Energy Future initiative:
- Our Energy Future website
- Energy helpline—1300 339 915
- Referral pathways to different energy efficiency and renewable energy products
- Information sessions
- Home energy assessments
Frequently Asked Questions – Installing Solar PV
Q. I want to install solar on my roof. How do I start?
A simple call to the Our Energy Future initiative on 1300 339 915 will let you know if you’re able to put solar PV on your roof. The energy experts will help guide you through the process and answer any questions you have. Check some solar FAQs.
Q. There are so many solar suppliers – which one should I use?
A. Suppliers that have been vetted through a trusted source. The suppliers available through the Our Energy Future initiative are secured through a rigorous selection process.
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 Council’s 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.
Green Living Centre
The Green Living Centre is a sustainability initiative of Inner West Council. The GLC’s workshop program provides practical skills and knowledge on a broad range of sustainable living topics from worm farming to going renewable. Come along to workshops on an Introduction to Solar and Energy Know how, or have a one on one solar assessment. To see the upcoming energy workshops go to their Eventbrite page.
If you are considering installing solar, try out SunSPoT. This great tool will help you calculate how much electricity and money a solar PV system could save your home or business.
The tool is based on detailed modelling which takes accounts of solar radiation, tilt, orientation and shading at your home or business. Council worked with Australian PV Institute (AVPI) to map the Inner West area so that you can select your own rooftop and receive personalised information.
Visit SunSPoT to see how much energy your roof could make, then contact Our Energy Future to see how to make your solar ambitions come true. If you want to know how solar works visit the solar information page.
SunSPoT has been developed by the Australian PV Institute (APVI) as part of the APVI’s Solar Mapping research project, and funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.