Reduce your energy bills, increase your comfort and reduce your environmental footprint

Willoughby City Council has joined the Our Energy Future initiative to provide up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and support for households. If you live in the Willoughby City Council area and need help managing your energy bills, call the free energy helpline during business hours, Mon-Fri on 1300 339 915 or visit this page.

Approved Products and Services

The experts at Positive Charge have conducted a rigorous procurement process to find recommended suppliers and installers for energy efficient lighting, solar PV and battery storage, home energy assessments and blower door tests. You can register here to receive an obligation free quote or call the Positive Charge team on 1300 339 915.

For more information on how solar works, visit our solar information page.

Development Applications for Solar Systems

Most solar panels (up to 10kW generating capacity) and solar hot water systems are considered exempt development and do not require a Development Application (DA). If your property is in a heritage zone, these systems can still be considered exempt developments but they must not be facing the primary road.

For full details, go to https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2007/641 – solar panels clause 39.

Heat Pumps are covered by the Exempt & Complying Development SEPP: https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2008/572 – heat pumps clause 2.46.

If you live in an apartment building, the installation of solar panels requires approval from the Owners Corporation. Before contacting the Positive Charge advisory service for a quote on solar, it is important to engage the strata committee in your building.

Solar Mapping Tool

If you are considering installing solar, the Solar Potential Tool SunSPoT will help you estimate the potential for electricity generation. The tool accounts for solar radiation, tilt, orientation and shading at your home.

Upcoming workshops and activities around energy efficiency and renewable energy


Comfort Proof your Home for Summer

This information session looks at the best ways to stay cool in summer without it costing a fortune by utilising windows, shading, ventilation and fans as well as maximising the effectiveness of your air conditioner. See how simple actions can make a huge difference.

When: Thursday, 8 November 2018 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Address: Chatswood Library at The Concourse, Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Cost: Free

Reserve your place here


About Willoughby City Council

 Only 8.5km from the Sydney CBD, the Local Government Area of the City of Willoughby covers an area of 23km/sq and includes the suburbs of Artarmon, Castlecrag, Castle Cove, Chatswood, Middle Cove, Naremburn, Northbridge and Willoughby, as well as parts of Gore Hill, Lane Cove, St Leonards and Roseville. Approximately 70 000 people live within the Willoughby City area, many of whom have come from other parts of the world to make Willoughby their home.

The area is known mainly for its Chatswood shopping district and transport hub, but also has significant native bushland and harbour front with several peaceful and picturesque bushwalks. Historically significant sites such as the Walter Burley Griffin cottages and the Castle are present, as well as places of note such as the Royal North Shore hospital, a campus of the University of Technology, and the headquarters of the Nine Network.

Council runs a number of community education programs which residents are encouraged to get involved in. These include workshops, business programs and bushcare activities. For more information please visit our website.