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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

2 March 2005

More builders can now add a little sunshine to homes

A group of housing developers and display home builders have won contracts to add solar electricity generators to the roofs of their new home developments.

Announcing the second successful round of Photovoltaic Solar Rebate Programme tenders today, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said future homeowners and the environment would benefit most from this project.

"The future owners of these new homes will reap the benefits of reduced electricity costs from their five star energy efficient homes, and they will also have the opportunity to generate much of the electricity they use," Senator Campbell said.

"Owners of these new homes will be able to sell surplus electricity back to their retailer when their solar system generates more energy than they are using. It also means substantial greenhouse gas savings."

Originally available only for homeowners and community organisations, the Australian Government expanded the Photovoltaic Rebate Programme last year to allow housing developers and builders of display homes to seek rebates for the installation of solar electricity generators (photovoltaic systems) on new homes. For this tender round, greenhouse gas savings of 3700 tonnes are expected over the 20 year life of the systems.

"The Australian Government has granted more than $310,000 in the program's 2nd round to builders and housing developers offering to install solar systems for around $4 per watt which is similar to the current rebate available for homeowners installing solar systems in their own homes," Senator Campbell said.

"It is clear that developers are getting the message about the need for more energy efficient homes.

"In this round, BP Solar and Landcom are adding smart meters to the homes to complement their solar photovoltaic systems. This will help homeowners and electricity suppliers to better manage electricity use, particularly in summer peak periods."

The Photovoltaic Rebate Programme, managed by the Australian Greenhouse Office in the Department of the Environment and Heritage, has operated in all states and territories in Australia since 2000. Over 5500 householders and community organisations have received rebates to help them install solar electric systems. More information about the programme is available at:

Media contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

List of successful tenderers

Photovoltaic Rebate Programme for builders and developers (Round 2)

Company Name State Location Houses Amount offered
Individual Display Homes
City of Mandurah
Meadow Springs, Mandurah
New England Solar Power Pty Ltd
Wild Homes Pty Ltd
Strathfieldsaye near Bendigo
Housing Estate Developers
Commercial & General Pty Ltd trading as South Shores
Normanville, south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula
Pukatea Pty Ltd trading as Ecological Homes
Tamarama, in Sydney's eastern suburbs
Landcom and BP Solar
Second Ponds Creek, western Sydney


Commonwealth of Australia