First Home Builder Solar Partner

Green Gardner Homes: First Home Builder Solar Partner

G.J. Gardner Homes New England today became the first home builder to become an official partner of the Solar New England Region Project (SNERPy).

“G.J. Gardner Homes is very pleased to take this lead,” said Chris Thornton, Managing Director of G.J. Gardner Homes, New England, “and offer highly affordable solar power systems to our new and existing customers wanting to make their home more sustainable.”

The highly successful Solar New England Region Project commenced in December 2008 to deliver affordable solar power to the community on a large scale. The Project is the first major initiative of the New England Sustainability Strategy and has to date taken nearly 250 applications for solar power – moving close to its goal of installing 400 solar systems to reach 1% of the residents help achieve a vision of the New England become a 'solar region'.

“G.J. Gardner Homes is especially proud to become a SNERPy Partner because of the involvement of young trainees, like Iron Man Welders, in the installation work,” added Thornton. “We especially believe in the lasting value from these green collar jobs and building a greener homes industry.”

G.J. Gardner Homes has over 25,000 homes worth of experience with a reputation for building quality homes on time and on budget. Today, there are more than 85 G.J. Gardner Homes building franchises operating throughout Australia and New Zealand, Germany, South Africa and America, supported by 10 Master Franchises.

“Sustainability is becoming an important part of the home buying decision for many people today,” said Adam Blakester, Convenor of the New England Sustainability Strategy. “And solar electricity is an easy choice as it helps save the planet and the hip pocket at the same time.”

G.J. Gardner Homes customers can now add the solar power option to their new home from as little as $2,550^ - a price that is well below half the average retail price. This is achieved by SNERPy being a 'community enterprise' that: clusters together installations, buying systems in bulk, utilising rebates and other incentives, working with local partners such as G.J. Gardner Homes to promote the project, and uses local tradespeople to install the systems.

“This super low price for solar power is based on eligibility for the Australian Government rebate which ends on 30 June,” continued Thornton. “We are encouraging all our home buyers to act now to take advantage of this rebate before it is too late.”

New England home owners interested in the G.J. Gardner Homes solar homes package can contact Chris Thornton on 6771 3855, at 152 Rusden Street, Armidale and ua.moc.rendragjg|dnalgnewen#ua.moc.rendragjg|dnalgnewen, or contact Adam Blakester 02 6775 2501, 0419 808 900 or ten.yalpmgidarap|mada#ten.yalpmgidarap|mada.

^ Conditions apply. Pricing is for a standard fully installed 1kW solar power system 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 and assumes eligibility for government rebates and sale of Renewable Energy Certificates. Go to for more details and links to the full terms and conditions.

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