Solar Power

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As part of the Solar North East project, we funded the installation of solar photovoltaic energy systems on four community venues across our Shire.

The systems benefit many community groups that use these venues, and they will all receive the Transitional Feed-In Tariff for energy fed back into the grid.

They include:

  • Coulston Park facility in Tangambalanga
  • Baarmutha Park facility in Beechworth
  • Chiltern Recreation Reserve facility
  • Wahgunyah School of Arts.

We encourage our residents to adopt the power of the sun and install solar systems and have produced a solar guide(PDF, 25MB) to help them.  

Producing your own renewable energy by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is a great way to reduce your electricity bills and carbon footprint. Making an investment in solar may secure your future energy needs and protect your property from the uncertainty of rising electricity costs over the long-term.

In a typical home with solar panels, part or all of your energy usage may be met by solar generation while the sun is shining. Any excess solar energy is exported to the grid. Shortfalls, most often experienced in the evening and overnight, are met by importing electricity from the grid.

You can take it one step further by adding a battery which can help save money. When you add a battery to a rooftop solar system or install a battery and rooftop solar panels together in a new system, the excess solar energy not used at home during the day is used to charge the battery.

There are various battery storage products available that have a wide range of functionality and performance.

Our information pack(PDF, 5MB) provides answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

Documents

Home Battery Storage Systems Guide(PDF, 5MB)

Solar Guide(PDF, 25MB)