Australia’s first compulsory solar suburb

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Australia’s first compulsory solar suburb

Australia’s first compulsory solar suburb

Canberra’s Denman Prospect is being referred to as Australia’s first mandated solar community after its developers introduced a minimum solar requirement for each dwelling

The new suburb of Denman Prospect in Canberra is being referred to as Australia’s first mandated solar community after its developers introduced a minimum solar requirement for each dwelling.

Each residence in the new development is required to have a three kilowatt system capable of generating approximately 4,146 kilowatt hours of energy each year, which equals about half of the energy used by an average Australian household. Denman Prospect, a suburb that will eventually contain around 4,000 dwellings, is located close to Canberra’s CBD and is bordered by the Molonglo River and the National Arboretum.

The suburb is also the first in Australia to make a commitment to the Homes for Homes initiative – an affordable and social housing scheme that encourages both developers and individual home owners to make a tax-deductible donation of 0.1 percent of the sale price of a property. A proportion of the proceeds from each land sale in Denman Prospect will go towards a fund for affordable housing started by not-for-profit social enterprise The Big Issue. […]

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