THURSDAY 31 JANUARY, 2013 |
Perth Solar City's Stunning Success
Over 16,000 households have participated in the Perth Solar City Program and collectively saved over
a million dollars on their electricity bills last year.
The most comprehensive energy efficiency initiative in Western Australia, the
Perth Solar City Program developed and implemented more than 30 energy efficiency
and renewable energy projects within Perth's Eastern Region.
The Program together with SunPower installed 673 residential solar panel systems
at an average size of 2.30kW, for a total installed capacity of 1.56MW. Analysis shows the average
solar household used 41% less electricity from the network, or 8.15kWh per day.
The $50-001 - $100,000 income band was most prevalent for households that purchased a solar PV system through Perth
Solar City. The level of satisfaction
for solar PV system performance was high, with 77% of participants indicating they
were "very satisfied".
Saving money was the most significant motivator to purchase a solar power
system, followed by environmental factors.
According to data from Energy Matters
a 2kW solar
power system installed in Perth
can provide electricity bill savings of over
$600 a year.
Some of the higher profile systems installed under the Program included Midland Atelier (60kW), the Central Institute
of Technology (49kW), Kings Park and Botanic Garden (15kW), Perth Zoo
(239kW) and Perth
Another Perth Solar City initiative is the Living Smart Households program,
which utilises phone-based eco-coaching to support participants in reducing energy, water
and transport use. Those participating in Living Smart achieved an average 7.5% reduction in electricity use.
"Numerous valuable lessons were learnt through the implementation of the Perth Solar City
program," says Program Implementation Manager Andrew Blaver.
"These lessons can in turn inform governments and energy utilities alike in the design of similar
initiatives aimed at achieving energy efficiency, reducing peak demand or managing small scale
renewable energy systems in the residential sector."
Other locations participating in the Australian
initiative are Adelaide, Alice Springs, Blacktown, Central Victoria, Moreland and Townsville.
the Perth Solar City 2012 Annual Report (18MB - 211 Pages).
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