PENSIONERS in Gannawarra Shire can save some money on their electricity bill with help available to install solar.
Mayor Brian Gibson said the Solar Savers program was helping pensioners install solar with no upfront costs.
‘‘Participating households will gradually pay for their panels with a low-interest loan over 10 years,’’ he said.
‘‘At the same time, power bill savings will more than cover the cost of loan repayments.
‘‘The Solar Savers model means every household will be at least $100 ahead at the end of each year.’’
Installations are scheduled to start in December with the day-to-day delivery of the program is being managed by the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) on behalf of participating councils.
Cr Gibson said the program was helping pensioners to save money, stay comfortable in extreme weather, and lower their emissions.
‘‘Gannawarra Shire is very happy to be leading the way and helping local households in need with this pioneering program,’’ he said.
‘‘We know pensioners often have the most to gain from solar power — many own their homes and use most of their power when the sun is shining.
‘‘But the upfront cost can deter pensioners from going solar — we’re removing that barrier.’’
Solar Savers is also taking the complexity and confusion out of going solar, said EAGA executive officer Scott McKenry.
‘‘Before they sign up, we do checks to make sure that solar is the right choice and will save them money,’’ he said.
‘‘We also take care of finding a trusted installer and a quality, affordable solar system.
‘‘So pensioners are getting the benefit of our years of solar expertise.’’
Solar Savers has been funded with a $760,000 grant through the Victorian Government New Energy Jobs Fund.
The program is being rolled out across 20 Victorian councils to 2019.
More details are available from the Solar Savers website solarsavers.org.au/