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Pensioner solar scheme to soon close

Solar savers

Monday 18 September 2017

Pensioners living in Mount Alexander Shire have until the end of October to sign up for the pioneering Solar Savers program to install a solar energy system to save money on their electricity bill.

The program works by offering pensioners a special low-interest loan that has no upfront costs and is gradually paid off over 10 years by power bill savings.

“Solar Savers is a fantastic program that helps pensioners to not only save money, but also lower their carbon footprint,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“It is anticipated that every participating household will be at least $100 better off at the end of each year than they would be without the solar system,” said Mr Bowman.

“This means that after the ten year loan period, each household is at least $1,000 better off and owns a solar system outright,” he said.

The solar system brings peace of mind to pensioners to help them stay comfortable in extreme heat by running their fan or air conditioner without so much concern about the electricity bill.

“We know that pensioners have a lot to gain from solar power – many own their homes and use most of their power when the sun is shining,” said Mr Bowman.

“We encourage you or your loved ones to make the most of this opportunity and sign up before the cut-off date of Tuesday 31 October,” he said.

For more information, contact Solar Savers on (03) 9385 8512 or www.solarsavers.org.au.

Solar Savers is being delivered on behalf of 20 Victorian councils and four greenhouse alliances including the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance. The program has been funded with a $760,000 grant through the Victorian Government New Energy Jobs Fund.

A Council planning permit will be required if the property is located within a Heritage Overlay and the solar panels will be visible from a street (other than a laneway) or public park.

Image: Pensioners in Mount Alexander Shire can sign up to Solar Savers before the end of October.

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