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Panels for pensioners with Solar Savers

Published on 25 May 2018

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Pensioners will be able to access renewable energy with no upfront costs, to reduce their power bills and their carbon footprint, thanks to the latest round of Solar Savers.

The Solar Savers program allows pensioners (including seniors or people with a disability) who own their own home to apply to purchase a Council-endorsed quality solar system.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Len Cox, said the systems will be installed by a local contractor and purchased with a low-interest bank loan to be paid back gradually over 10 years.

“Households who sign up have access to the bank loan, subject to normal bank lending criteria, with power bill savings covering the cost of repayments,” he said.

“Solar Savers will check to make sure every household taking part will be at least $100 in front, compared to their current usage and bills.

“This program has been designed to make it easier for pensioners to get a solar system installed, to help them save money, stay comfortable in extreme weather and lower their carbon emissions.

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Ian and Beth MacGregor with their solar panel, installed through Solar Savers.

“At Council, we’re proud to be leading the way in the community with renewable energy, and helping local households to get on board with this pioneering program.”

Millgrove residents, Beth and Ian MacGregor, took part in the first round of the Solar Savers program in 2017 and had their panels installed earlier in the year.

“We were very impressed from the beginning, with the way it was structured,” Ian said.

“We felt very comfortable; the paperwork was quite detailed and we knew exactly where we stood; they checked in, asked if we had any questions or if anything could be explained,” Beth said.

“It’s early days, but we’re very impressed with it.”

Solar Savers is a partnership between more than 20 Victorian Councils and four regional Greenhouse Alliances.

Sign-ups open on 28 May and are open until Friday, 13 July. Places are strictly limited.

Contact Solar Savers if you own your own home, have a Government Pension Card, are usually home from 9am-5pm, have an average-to-high electricity use and do not currently have solar panels installed.

Call Solar Savers on 9385 8512 or email info@solarsavers.org.au to check eligibility and express interest in the program.