Solar power deal appeals to Girrawheen home buyers

The Amble Estate offers a solar power program to entice buyers.
The Amble Estate offers a solar power program to entice buyers.

ALMOST 90 per cent of people buying properties in a Girrawheen estate have signed up to its innovative solar power program.

The Amble Estate launched the power purchasing agreement program in March 2018, offering a 40 per cent saving on daytime power.

So far, 37 of 42 buyers have opted in to the program, which was the first large-scale solar power purchasing agreement rolled out at a residential community in Australia.

Developed by Yolk Property Group and Infinite Energy, in collaboration with the Department of Communities and Ventura Home Group, the program aims to deliver long-term cost savings to households.

The estate’s first resident John Lowe said it was exciting to build his first home in an estate that offered “something extra in terms of sustainability and innovation”.

“Infinite Energy was responsible for installing the system and they own and maintain it for the 10-year agreement, so I can save around $600 a year on my electricity bill without having spent a cent on the technology,” he said.

“After 10 years, I have the option to take ownership of the solar system and, from that point on, will not pay anything for solar generated electricity.”

Solar panels are installed at no cost on participating homes.

Infinite Energy chief executive Aidan Jenkins said the positive response highlighted Western Australians’ willingness to trial programs that benefited both households and the environment and their desire for more control over electricity costs.

“The success is a clear indication that WA homeowners are looking for innovative, cleaner and more affordable alternatives to traditional grid electricity,” he said.

Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk welcomed development on the former Hainsworth Primary School site.

“This new development is in the heart of Girrawheen – a short distance from schools, shopping centres, playgrounds, parks and cafes,” she said.

“The project will generate and support 185 jobs during its construction phase and deliver affordable, diverse and environmentally sustainable land and housing options for first homebuyers, families and downsizers.”

With a mix of private, social and shared ownership homes, Housing Minister Peter Tinley said the estate was proving popular with buyers looking for diverse, well-located housing in Girrawheen.

“The Amble Estate demonstrates what can be achieved by working with the private sector on urban infill projects,” he said.

The estate will ultimately have up to 129 dwellings including houses, apartments and townhouses that deliver a mix of affordable and sustainable housing.

For more information, visit https://theambleestate.com.au.