Shoalhaven residents can now find out how much solar energy could be generated from their roof thanks to a new online tool provided by Council.
Council recently became a member of the SunSpot APVI Solar Potential Tool to provide accurate and reliable information about the viability of a solar system or solar and battery system at individual properties.
Through clever software, the tool analyses the roof using Google satellite images to understand shading, weather and solar radiation data, and combines these with the electricity usage and billing costs, plus average system costs.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said that the tool is easy to use and available to every household in the Shoalhaven.
“As cost-of-living expenses and electricity costs have risen significantly, many households are looking for ways to save on their power bills, including the installation of solar panels on their roofs. Using solar can not only dramatically reduce energy bills in the long term, but also provides a sustainable way of sourcing energy”, Cr Findley said.
“Council is committed to supporting sustainable practices in the community and the use of this tool is just one way we are moving towards a more sustainable future”, Cr Findley said.
“One of the biggest challenges that residents face is trying to understand which solar installer offers the best value for money. Using the online tool can help take the guess work out of that decision by offering greater transparency and data on solar panel placement,” she said.