- Solar power purchasing agreement first of its kind for WA
- 90 per cent of homebuyers sign up for scheme
- Project will generate and support 185 jobs during the construction phase
A housing development in Girrawheen is the first green titled subdivision in Western Australia to provide a solar power system with every home, resulting in a 40 per cent saving on daytime power costs.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk toured The Amble Estate today where 90 per cent of homebuyers have signed up to be part of an innovative solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Launched in March 2018 by provider Infinite Energy, the solar PPA will deliver significant, long-term savings to households and greater protection from fluctuations in power prices for the length of the 10-year agreement.
The pilot program continues to see solar power systems installed at no cost to all participating homes in the estate.
The Department of Communities is delivering this urban infill project in collaboration with Yolk Property Group and Ventura Home Group.
By working with the private sector, the department increases the supply and diversity of Perth's housing stock while following the principle of thoughtful housing density in the right forms and locations.
The Amble Estate will see up to 129 dwellings built over three stages on the former Hainsworth Primary School site, and offers a range of affordable and environmentally sustainable land and housing options to families, couples, singles and downsizers.
Homebuyers are also offered a complimentary Sustainable Living Package to reduce non-renewable energy use and create cost-savings for households. For more information, visit https://theambleestate.com.au
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The Amble Estate is proving popular with buyers looking for diverse, well-located housing in Girrawheen.
"I was pleased to meet one of the new homeowners and hear how the solar PPA system and a range of sustainability initiatives had saved them money while supporting the environment.
"The Amble Estate demonstrates what can be achieved by working with the private sector on urban infill projects, and I thank Yolk Property Group and Ventura Home Group for their ongoing work with the Department of Communities."
Comments attributed to Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk:
"It's pleasing to see the old Hainsworth Primary School site on track to becoming a thriving community.
"This new development is in the heart of Girrawheen - a short distance from schools, shopping centres, playgrounds, parks and cafés.
"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."
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