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From the Building Commission                                    Tuesday 16 September 2008

Make your home green with solar power


An increasing number of people are installing solar panels on their roofs to generate electricity
from the sun. Solar hot water systems are also available and, like solar electricity systems (PVs),
attract generous Government rebates.

You can reduce your environmental footprint and save money by installing PVs. Although up-
front costs can be expensive, generating your own solar electricity adds 'green value' to your
property and saves you money in the long-run.

Solar panels produce most power when they are pointed directly at the sun. It is important to
have them installed so that they receive maximum sunlight. Ideally, they should be in full sun
from 9am to 3pm in mid winter.

There are various types of solar panels available, so check for what is most likely to suit your
home. A Sustainable Energy Industry Association (SEIA) certified installer can provide advice on
installation.

To learn about solar panels and solar hot water systems for your home or making your home
green, visit www.makeyourhomegreen.vic.gov.au


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For further information, please contact Susannah Tidemann from the Building and Plumbing
Commissions on 0414 394 561 or visit www.makeyourhomegreen.vic.gov.au