Monday, June 17, 2024

Solar program shines on Mornington Peninsula

Nine tenants of Mornington Peninsula Shire buildings are starting 2024 powered by the sun with brand new solar panels on their roofs installed by Council through its ‘Solar for Tenants’ program.

The program works by seeking tenant repayments for the Shire-funded system based on a portion of their energy bill savings – the premise being that tenants are saving more each year than they are paying back.

Once the system cost is recovered, interest free, repayments will end and the tenant will get 100% of the financial benefit from the solar, said Mayor, Simon Brooks.

In total, the participants, which include sailing clubs, kindergartens, bowls clubs and retailers, will enjoy estimated bill reductions of approximately $30,000 per year and reduce carbon emissions by 172 tonnes annually, he said.

This program puts our commitment to our planet into action. With zero upfront payments, the program makes choosing solar easy for Shire tenants! These tenants can look forward to huge reductions in their energy bills,” said Mayor Brooks.

Mornington Yacht Club Club Manager, Sarah Grant said the club was excited to be involved in Council’s Solar for Tenant’s Program.

“The MYC Committee has been looking into solar options for a while, and this proposal came to us at the right time. By participating, we are taking environmental action by installing solar with no upfront capital costs and an interest free payment plan,” said Ms Grant.

“Along with a saving on our bills, MYC’s commitment is for a cleaner, greener, and more energy-efficient future and we encourage other eligible local businesses and organisations to join the program.

“It’s great to see the Shire helping the community through these innovative programs and taking climate action seriously. We look forward to powering our club with the sun!” she said.

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