Launch Of Super Solar Hot Water System

Launch of Super Solar Hot Water System

The highly successful Solar New England Region Project has moved to a new level with the launch of the Super Solar Hot Water System today by Richard Torbay, member for Northern Tablelands.

“Converting to solar hot water is widely recognised as one of the most significant ways to reduce energy costs and usage in the home,” says Adam Blakester, Convenor of the New England Sustainability Strategy (NESS). “New England residents can now purchase a fully installed high quality solar hot water system from $2,575^ – more than one-third off the normal retail price.”

More than 50 residents have signed in the last week, with a fully subscribed email campaign 'Pre-Launch Offer'. The overall project goal is 400 systems by 31 December 2009, equal to 1% of residents in the Region. The Super Solar Hot Water System is the second major NESS initiative, building on the highly successful offer of solar power systems to which nearly 200 residents have signed up to date. Both offers are available for residents right across urban and rural areas of Uralla, Armidale, Walcha and Guyra.

“Every dollar saved on hot water costs is a saving for the environment too,” continues Blakester, “as residents are switching to highly efficient renewable solar power to heat their water and move away from climate change creating coal-fired electricity.”

According to the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, installing a high quality solar hot water system can give significant energy cost savings – ranging from $300-$700 every year based on current prices.

The Super Solar Hot Water System will be provided by Endless-Solar and has been especially chosen for its suitability to cold climate conditions – tested to operate down to minus 15ºC – and certified hail resistant to Australian Standards.

“Endless-Solar is very pleased to be a partner in the Solar New England Region Project,” says Managing Director, Stephen Standish. “Our solar hot water systems already have a proven track record in the Region. We now look forward to supporting a community-wide uptake of this solar technology and further developing green-collar trades, professions and community networks.”

The super low pricing is achieved using a 'community cluster' model: buying systems in bulk, partnering with regional networks and organisations such as the New England Credit Union, Southern New England Landcare and Talloires Declaration Committee, 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.

Residents can find out more and sign up for the Super Solar Hot Water System at www.ness.wikidot.com or call Liz Gardiner, Regional Coordinator, on (02) 6778-7249.

^ Conditions apply. Pricing assumes 'clusters' of 50 systems are sold, 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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