Hobart solar hot water systems $500 rebate on council rates: add Federal $1000 rebate, sale of renewable energy certificates for $650
Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007
Hobart residents installing solar hot water systems will qualify for a $500 rebate on their council rates, and combined with Federal Government incentives, the rebate will cut the cost of a typical family-sized system in half, reported The Mercury (3/8/2007, p.29). Big demand for solar: Hobart City Council yesterday announced the rebate for new installations regardless of their size or cost. Local Solahart dealer CGA Tas director Aaron Sommerville said there was growing interest in solar hot water heating. “For a lot of people it is for environmental reasons that they’re going solar – but I’ve been flat out on the phone with people today and yesterday since the Hydro announced the increase in power prices. Your hot water bill consists of about 30 per cent of your power bill and you can save 75 per cent on that in Tassie.”
Cost slashed by half: The Hobart City Council rebate, the Federal Government’s $1000 rebate and the sale of renewable energy certificates for $650 cut the cost of installing a family-sized system in half, he said. A typical 300-litre system with two solar panels sells for about $2200, plus installation. Sustainable Living Tasmania executive officer Margaret Steadman said she was delighted to hear about the new rebate.
The Mercury, 3/8/2007, p. 29