What is Solar Savers?

    Solar Savers is a program being delivered by the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) on behalf of 10 participating Victorian local Councils.

    Solar Savers is offering two versions of the program in Maroondah:

    • Bulk buy - Standard Solar Savers Bulk Buy program for all other homeowners.
    • Special rates charge loan - Pension and health care holders will be eligible for the Solar Savers Special Rates Loan.  The system will be paid upfront by Council, and the householder will repay the system cost through their quarterly rates over eight years.

    This is by providing support throughout the planning and installation process and providing quality solar panels at a great price. The Solar Savers model ensures all participating households are at least $100 in front at the end of every year.

    Who is the program aimed at?

    Solar Savers is aimed at supporting pensioners who own their home to install quality, reliable and affordable solar.

    Our research shows that pensioners are an ideal group to install solar as they use most of their energy during the daytime (when solar panels make electricity), spend a high proportion of their income on energy costs, benefit from reduced cooling costs and are interested in supporting solar energy.

    Why is the special charge being proposed?

    Maroondah City Council is currently participating in the Solar Savers program, and offering the special rates charge loan which involves the special charge. The special charge will allow participating households to have a new solar system installed, which they will gradually pay for through their rates payments. Power bill savings from the panels cover the cost of these repayments.

    A limited number of places were available for households in Maroondah to participate in this phase of the program and through targeted communication, Council sought participation on a first come first served basis.

    Will there be other opportunities to participate in Solar Savers?

    Maroondah households can also participate in the standard Solar Savers bulk buy offer. The cost of the system is funded by the homeowner, however households may be eligible at access State Government Solar Victoria rebate and loan.