Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get in on the ground floor: how apartments can join the solar boom

While there are now more solar panels in Australia than people, the many Australians who live in apartments have largely been locked out of this solar revolution by a minefield of red tape and potentially uninformed strata committees.
Getting your strata committee to agree to solar panels is tricky, but it can be done.
In the face of these challenges, Stucco, a small co-operative housing block in Sydney, embarked on a mission to take back the power. Hopefully their experiences can serve as a guide to how other apartment-dwellers can more readily go solar.

From an energy perspective, Stucco was a typical apartment block: each of its eight units had its own connection to the grid and was free to choose its own retailer, but was severely impeded from choosing to supply itself with on-site renewable energy.

Read the piece on The Conversation by an Associate Lecturer in Physics at Macquarie University, Bjorn Sturmberg -  “Get in on the ground floor: how apartments can join the solar boom."

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