Randwick City Council is part of the Our Energy Future program, to help residents reduce their energy bills and energy consumption, 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 forÂ households andÂ businesses. So if you are a resident, business owner or even a Council staff member in RandwickÂ 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, Randwick Council is supportingÂ a campaignÂ to assist residents who are considering installing solar. If you want to know more about how solar works visit our solar information pageÂ here.Â The experts at Our Energy Future have conducted a rigorous procurement process in order to find a supplier and installer to recommend. You canÂ sign up on lineÂ 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 planning permits (NEEDS COUNCIL INPUT)
Solar Panels in most instances do not require a Planning Permit as they are considered either works Ã¢â‚¬Ëœnormal to a dwellingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. However, in some instances a permit will be required if specifically stated in the Overlay (i.e. Heritage Overlay).
If the solar panels are proposed to be located on an external structure (not a dwelling) a permit will be required for Buildings and Works and will be assessed on its merits.
One other thing to be aware of is that strata plans have requirements relating to solar panel installations. So make sure to consult with the body corporate of your strata before installing solar panels.
Randwick Council has an ongoing commitment to sustainability and related initiatives, delivered mainly through its special six per cent environmental levy which funds RandwickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sustaining our City program. Now in itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third 5-year period, Sustaining our City enables Council, residents, businesses and schools to learn for themselves and take action across six priority areas including:
- Coastal Protection
- Reducing Consumption (particularly, energy, water and waste)
- Tackling Greenhouse
- Sustainable Food
- Conserving Biodiversity
- Community Participation
Further information can be found here (http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/environment-and-sustainability/get-involved )