Inner West

Inner West Council is part of the Our Energy Future program, to help residents reduce their energy bills, improve comfort levels and improve their environmental footprint.

Our Energy Future will provide up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and support for the households, businesses and council staff. So if you are a resident, business owner or council staff member in the Inner West municipality and need help managing your energy bills then please call our energy helpline during business hours, Mon-Fri on 1300 339 915 and/or sign up to our monthly e-news.

As part of Our Energy Future Inner West 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 Our Energy Future 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 Our Energy Future team on 1300 339 915 to further discuss whether or not solar might be right for you.

Solar and development approvals

Solar Panels in most instances do not require development approval from Council; if you are installing a system that is less than 10kW, the solar system is an exempt development – Division 4, 39 (3) (f) (vi).  However, in some instances Council approval will be required if specifically stated in Council Development Control Plan or the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 e.g. if the site is heritage listed or the system plans to be ground mounted. If in doubt please call Council to talk to a Duty Planner:

Marrickville – 9335 2222,     Leichhardt – 9367 9222,     Ashfield – 9716 1800

One other thing to be aware of is that some unit blocks and estates have regulations on solar panel installations. So make sure to consult with the strata or body before installing solar panels.

About Inner West Council

Inner West Council is a new council formed by the merger of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils. Proudly serving our new, larger inner west community of over 185,000 residents across 26 suburbs, Inner West Council is 1,250 staff strong.

Visit Council’s Environment webpage to find out about workshops, events, waste and recycling and all things Sustainable Inner West.