Solar Panels

Our Photovoltaic Delivery Program

Solar (or ‘photovoltaic’) panels are helping us power down and reduce our electricity bills. We have installed panels on a number of our buildings listed in the table below.

Site

Size (kW)

Year

kWh produced (2016)

Banjora Children’s Centre

4

2013

5,082

Mirambeena Community Centre

10

2015

15,191

Albury Airport

46

2015

67,931

Waterview Laboratory

12

2015

18,900

LibraryMuseum

42

2015

62,645

Albury Entertainment Centre- Convention Centre

18

2015

26,927

Council Administration Building

51

2016

26,011

Lauren Jackson Sports Stadium

22

2016

13,882

Our Energy Savings Action Plan includes a schedule of investigations into future installations of solar panels. We have identified a number sites for assessment including:

  • Wonga Wetlands
  • Albury crematorium
  • Albury Recycling Centre (at the Albury Waste Management Facility)

What you can do

The Clean Energy Council has put together a Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households and business to help each make an informed decision and to know what questions to ask. This guide includes information on the different solar systems available, government incentives, choosing the right size and associated cost.

We encourage households and business looking at purchasing solar panels to check with us first to ensure that it is classified as exempt and complying development. Further information can be found in our Exempt and Complying Development Guidelines which contains a section ‘Solar Panels and Solar Hot Water Systems’. If the location and/or size of the solar panels do not fit the exempt development criteria then you will be required to seek approval from us and lodge a development application.

Households and business need to be aware that an accredited solar panel installer must be used in order to claim the government rebates.

We provide below indicative information on the financial benefits of installing solar panels on the assumption that it is a 1.5kW system, and under two scenarios where all generated energy is exported to the grid at a feed in tariff rate of 15 cents per kW, or all generated energy is stored and used by the household or business. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) recommend the benchmark range for solar feed in tariffs is 11.9-15.0 cents per kilowatt hour during 2017/18.

Export ration

Annual bill savings ($)

Annual feed-in tariff income ($)

Total financial benefit ($)

100%

0

282

282

75%

141

212

353

50%

282

141

423

25%

423

71

494

0%

565

0

565

Note: assumes 1,882kWh annual energy generation, retail tariff of 30c/kWh and feed-in tariff of 15c/kWh

The Clean Energy Regulator releases data for small scale renewable energy installed capacity by postcode each month. Albury postcodes (2640 + 2641) had 3,920 installations with a capacity of 15,106kW as at June 2017.
For more ideas to reduce your energy bills, visit our Sustainable Households page.