Sunbury residents are leading Hume City Council to a greener future as they record the highest number of solar installations through the Hume Household Solar Rollout program.
Sunbury was also in the Top 10 suburbs in Victoria for overall solar installations in February this year, while Craigieburn is in the Top 5 suburbs in the state for total solar generation. Visit the Solar Homes Program reporting website for more information.
Since Hume’s Solar Rollout program began in late 2020, one megawatt (1,000 kW) of solar has been installed across households in Hume City through the program, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1,050 tonnes (CO2-e) per year.
That’s equivalent to removing around 205 average Australian cars off the road each year.
On top of the positive environmental outcomes, Hume households who have installed solar panels through the Council program, have saved a collective total of around $215,000 in electricity bills.
As cost-of-living pressures continue to be an issue for many, now is a good time to consider installing solar panels, as the Victorian Government is offering rebates of $1,400 and interest-free loans up to the same amount.
Hume City Council offers an additional $700 rebate to concession card holders who install solar through the Hume program. With other rebates and the no interest loan this can reduce the upfront costs of solar by $3,500.
Solar panels can significantly reduce an individual household’s environmental impact and help save an average of $1,073 in annual electricity bills.
The Hume Household Solar Rollout program is a partnership between Hume City Council and the Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF), with an accredited solar provider, Green Home Green Planet, who offer competitive, good quality solar panel installations.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Joseph Haweil:
“The one-megawatt solar installation milestone is a great reflection of the Hume Household Solar program and proves residents are making positive impacts through solar.”
“The impressive solar uptake results across our community – and for Sunbury and Craigieburn in particular – are testament to our residents and their commitment to a renewable future.”
“Given the ongoing cost of living pressures that many in our community are facing, the Hume Household Solar Rollout program is an effective way for residents to save money and help keep our environment clean now and into the future”