Flicking on the switch in Australia’s first solar-powered suburb

Wednesday 21 December 2016

The first solar system has been switched on in the new suburb of Denman Prospect, marking an exciting advancement in the ACT’s energy future.

A progressive partnership between Capital Estate Developments (CED) and ActewAGL Retail, Denman Prospect is the first Australian suburb to have a minimum requirement for solar power on every dwelling.

While 350 homes will initially be installed as part of Stage 1A, eventually, more than 4,000 homes in Denman will have 3kW solar systems installed, as a minimum. The emission reductions will be equivalent to taking 4,000 cars off the road. Each home will also save around $500 a year in electricity costs.

ActewAGL General Manager Retail Ayesha Razzaq said this is a really exciting milestone.

“Turning on the first solar system in Australia’s first solar-powered suburb puts the ACT ahead of the nation in terms of progressive developments like Denman.

“Denman is a showcase of what will become the new normal. Giving the customer control of generating, managing and using their own energy is the way of the future and we are excited to continue to find ways to partner with our customers to do this,” Ayesha said.

CED has demonstrated that its commitment to sustainable development can be translated into cost-effective options for households to invest in, and to support the ACT’s renewable energy future.

CED Managing Director Stephen Byron said, “Our partnership with ActewAGL sets a new precedent for future housing developments in Australia and means that we are able to offer these solar systems to home buyers at an affordable price.

“The installation of 3kW systems in 350 homes will generate electricity equivalent to a 1.05MW solar farm. It’s a win-win for the homeowners at Denman Prospect and for our clean Canberra environment,” Stephen said.

Caption: Denman Prospect’s first solar-powered house.

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