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Wangaratta’s 2030 Vision of becoming a leader in solar energy came a step closer with Wangaratta Unlimited’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday 6 May 2009.

Renewable Energy Project

They have recommended that the RCoW scope out a consultant’s brief for a broader feasibility study into renewable energy opportunities and seek out relevant funding to support their study.  The consultant is from a Melbourne based solar energy consultancy group with a concept for a “Solar Farm” to be established at North Wangaratta.   The council is expected to “note” the report which does’nt really advance it beyond an idea at this time.

However, if you pay rates to the Rural City of Wangaratta, you are invited to apply before 30th June for the Federal Government subsidy.  It seems that the RCoW is serious about meeting its 2030 vision as the centre of soar energy in Victoria.

The Chronicle reported,

Get $8,000 subsidy on Solar Energy before 30 June

Get $8,000 subsidy on Solar Energy before 30 June

RESIDENTS are now able to have solar power installed in their houses at a discount rate, after the Rural City of Wangaratta signed up to a Federal Government scheme.

Launched this week across nine rural Victoria municipalities, the program will enable residents to install a 1kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the substantially reduced cost of approximately $2000.

The Pure Local Energy Project, which is facilitated by the Northeast Greenhouse Alliance (NEGHA) on behalf of participating local governments, complements the Federal Government’s Solar Homes and Communities Plan Rebate which provides financial support of up to $8000 ($8 per watt) for installing a 1 kW PV system.

“By participating in the Northeast Greenhouse Alliance and supporting this project the Wangaratta Rural City Council is assisting to deliver our community’s 2030 Vision for a healthy environment,” rural city mayor, Ron Webb said.

“We encourage residents to consider this excellent opportunity to generate clean, green, solar power while these generous rebates are available.“

The offer is only available for the next five weeks as the Australian Government’s solar panel rebate of $8000 expires on June 30, 2009.

To gain maximum benefit from the project, residents should be home owner-occupiers, have at least eight square metres (eg 2 x 4m) of un-shaded, north-facing roof, and have a household taxable income of less than $100,000.

Interested residents can attend information sessions being held by the Rural City of Wangaratta with Solar Shop Australia. They are on Friday, May 29 12pm – 1pm, and 6pm to 7pm, at the Committee Room, Wangaratta Government Centre.


Written by Greg Naylor

20 May 2009 at 11:26 pm

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