Go Solar

The Eastern Suburbs embraces solar…

According to Energy Australia figures, over 650 Eastern Suburbs households have made the switch to solar power and a further 570 have submitted applications to switch. Congratulations to those GO SOLAR participants who are already reaping the rewards of their solar systems.


Solar Power vs. Solar Hot Water - what's the difference?

Solar power (photovoltaic) systems use light from the sun to create electricity that is then used to power the lights and appliances in your home or may be fed as excess electricity back into the grid. Solar hot water systems do not generate electricity, but use heat from the sun to heat water. With a solar hot water system, you could get between 50 and 90 per cent of your hot water for free. Contact a Licensed plumber who specialises in solar hot water systems or visit Green Plumbers to find one in your area.

You can choose to have either or both solar power and solar hot water systems on your property.


Need inspiration…visit our sustainability demonstration house 

Drop into Barrett House - our sustainable demonstration house to see a solar power system and other sustainability features such as LED lights and solar dome for natural lighting in action. More...

Barrett House Open Morning:

1st Thursday of the month | 9:30am to 12:30pm | 6 Barrett Place | Randwick


What government rebates and credits are available for residents?*

Visit the Australian Government Living Greener website - the rebate assistance tool details all the current rebates available to householders www.livinggreener.gov.au


Do I need Council approval to install a solar power or solar hot water systems?

Most solar systems do not require Council approval. To find out if your solar system requires Council approval contact your local Council:

For more information on Randwick City Council planning controls visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au or Randwick Council Customer Service Centre, 30 Frances St, Randwick. Open 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or by phone 1300 722 542.

For more information on Waverley Council planning controls visit www.waverley.nsw.gov.au or Waverley Council Duty Planner is available for any planning/DA enquiries in person at Waverley Council Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring St, Bondi Junction. Open 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday or by phone 8305 8484. Alternatively call 9369 8000 for free heritage related advice.

For more information on Woollahra Municipal Council planning controls visit www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au or Woollahra Municipal Council Customer Service Centre, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay. Open 8.00am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or by phone 9391 7000.

Solar on heritage properties

Heritage items or properties in heritage conservation areas can have solar in some circumstances. Check out the system on Bondi Pavilion as an example - solar systems have also been approved on heritage properties in Bondi Junction, Coogee and Paddington.

Solar on apartments

Solar power systems can be installed on apartment buildings or townhouses to either reduce common area energy bills or for the benefit of an individual property.  

Solar hot water systems can be installed on apartments but consideration needs to be given to the location of plumbing and whether it will supply individual apartments or a communal hot water system.

Check out our GO SOLAR Apartments and Townhouses Frequently Asked Question Factsheets in the downloads section at the bottom of the page. We've collated info on what to consider when installing solar power and solar hot water on apartments and townhouses as well as owners corporation approvals and even have an example by-law.

Solar on businesses

Solar power is a smart investment for businesses who are charged for electricity use at peak rates - saving on power bills and helping the environment. Check out the massive solar system on Bondi Road fish shop, The One That Got Away.

Where can I find more information?

Living Greener (Government rebates and credits)

Your Home Technical Factsheets (types of solar photovoltaic power and solar hot water systems)

Clean Energy Council solar power consumers guide

Solar success story - Clovelly townhouse

Or check out the many factsheets available below..