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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2009
A limited number of householders will be able to choose from seven
1. Energy Audit Package
Identify ways you can reduce your energy use around the home.
2. Retrofit Package
Improve existing household fixtures and fittings to reduce
your energy use.
3. Smart Rates Package
Simply choose from:
• Smart Time of Use - offering you access to low rates during
off-peak times (9pm-7am weekdays and all weekends); OR
• Dynamic Saver -- enjoy cheaper prices all year round except
between 2-8pm on 10 days of the year.
4. Solar Hot Water Package
Generate your own hot water and reduce your demand
5. Household Solar Electric Package
Generate your own electricity at home.
6. Solar Park Package
Subscribe to a new electricity tariff which effectively provides rental
of a 2kW system located at your local Solar Park in Bendigo
7. Full Suite Package
Access a set combination of our products and services to ensure
maximum energy efficiency.
Research: As part of each offer, all participants are asked to take part
in vital research on energy use. In return you will be eligible for
Rebates: You may be eligible for Federal and State Government rebates
and energy efficiency credits to help meet all or part of the cost of the
product or service selected.
Central Victoria Solar City
Ballarat residents and businesses are invited to trial a range of energy
efficiency, local energy generation and demand management products
and services as part of the Federal Government's $42 million Central
Victoria Solar City project.
The City of Ballarat is a partner in the project. Council supports the use of
renewable energy technologies in the municipality and believes this
project will further educate and encourage residents to invest in
environmentally sustainable options.
The Central Victoria Solar City Project will include two 300 kW Solar Parks,
one in Ballarat and one in Bendigo. Construction of the Ballarat Solar Park
started in late July and is expected to take six months to complete. As part
of its commitment to the project Council has provided a one hectare site
at the Ballarat Airport to house the Solar Park. The facility will be capable
of producing 420 MWh per year, which will provide 150 households with
approximately the same amount of solar power generated from a 2 kW
solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
The Ballarat and Bendigo parks will be Australia's largest ground mounted,
flat plate, grid-connected Solar Parks and will incorporate the use of fixed
solar panels and tracking solar panels to help maximise solar energy
generation. The parks will include a digital display board which will show
the amount of energy generated as well as the amount of greenhouse gas
emissions saved. They will include an educational display which will help
inform visitors of the environmental benefits of solar energy and how the
park generates solar energy.
To sign up for the Ballarat Solar Park Package please register your
interest with Central Victoria Solar City through its website
www.centralvictoriasolarcity.com.au or ring the office on 5479 1900.
Below: An image of what the Ballarat Solar Park will look like when it is finished
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