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Final Days for Solar Rebate: ACT NOW

The $8,000 Australian Government Solar Rebate ends in 3 weeks time on 30 June 2009 and eligible New England Residents are being urged to consider going solar to not miss out.

“This $8,000 rebate is a very substantial incentive for eligible households to go solar,” says Adam Blakester, Convenor of the New England Sustainability Strategy. “While there is a new incentive system replacing this scheme after 1 July, they won't be as attractive and valuable as the Solar Rebate.”

The first major NESS initiative is the Solar New England Region Project (SNERPy) which has received over 250 applications for solar power systems since beginning in December 2008. The overall goal for the project is 400 grid connected solar power systems, equal to 1% of the residents of the Walcha, Guyra, Uralla and Armidale council regions.

“Coinciding with the final days for the Solar Rebate a Final Stage of highly affordable solar power systems are being launched on Wednesday 10 June at a Community Information Session in Armidale,” continued Blakester. “This Final Stage will allow a further 150 residents to go solar from an affordable $2,550^ for a solar system worth nearly $15,000.”

The highly affordable prices are achieved using a 'community cluster' model: buying systems in bulk, partnering with regional networks and organisations such as TAFE, the New England Credit Union and Southern New England Landcare to form a comprehensive project team of expertise and promotion. Trained and accredited local tradespeople will handle all installations, keeping most of the 'green collar' work opportunities in the Region.

“The first installations of SNERPy solar systems began in earnest in May,” continued Blakester. “There has been quite a wait up front to get going largely as the Australian Government have been inundated with massive numbers of rebate applications – more than 11,000 last week alone – which is certainly good news for the take up of renewable energy and addressing issues like climate change.”

Community members are invited to attend the free SNERPy Community Information Evening which will include an educative presentation by the Master Plumbers' and Mechanical Services Association of Australia regarding making homes more sustainable – such as by using solar power, solar hot water, water saving and energy efficiency – and also saving money.

To RSVP, contact Liz Gardiner on (02) 6778-7249 or moc.liamtoh|1renidragzil#moc.liamtoh|1renidragzil. The event is being held on Wednesday 10 June from 7pm at the Armidale Bowling Club.

Interested residents can find out more about the Solar New England Region Project and the Final Stage of Solar Power Systems at www.ness.wikidot.com or contact Adam Blakester on 6775 2501, 0419 808 900 or ten.yalpmgidarap|mada#ten.yalpmgidarap|mada.

^ Conditions apply. Pricing assumes eligibility for all government rebates, sale of Renewable Energy Certificates and a standard installation within 15kms of the centre of Armidale, Guyra, Walcha or Uralla or as part of a 'remote cluster' of 5 homes within 5kms of each other. See www.ness.wikidot.com for full terms and conditions.

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