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Three private firms to offer 'biggest' solar battery scheme in parts of NSW

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Three private companies will announce on Wednesday what they claim is Australia's biggest independent solar battery scheme which will be available to more than 220,000 homes in the Norwest and Hills District in New South Wales.

A statement from solar and battery installer Natural Solar said it was joining with property developer Mulpha and peer-to-peer lender RateSetter to launch what it calls the Smart Home Battery Scheme.

Home owners can save up to $4000 on home solar systems and battery solutions under the scheme, it is claimed, with the price being knocked down from $21,490 to $16,990 for a 5kW solar and 10kWh battery system. This will include a $1,000 discount for residents who sign up to electricity reseller SonnenFlat.

SonnenFlat customers can also avail of monthly energy plans. Residents who take up the offer can choose to retrofit their battery to an existing solar solution.

“The introduction of the Smart Home Battery Scheme is truly a game-changer for residents living and working within Sydney’s Norwest and Hills District,” said Chris Williams, chief executive and founder of Natural Solar.

“Natural Solar have joined forces with some of the largest and most respected companies in their fields to encourage interest and uptake in renewable energy equating to huge savings for Australian families.”

Tim Spencer, executive general manager of Mulpha Developments, said: “Mulpha is fully committed to the growth of Norwest, already one of the premium mixed use and business districts in the Southern Hemisphere and the epicentre of the Hills District.

"We have seen a huge demand for solar and battery power through our Essentia town home development, and are excited to be able to offer this to a large number of Australian homes within the area.”

The Scheme is claimed to result in a reduction in household energy bills of up to $2200 per annum and also to reduce carbon emissions by 6750 kg of CO2 per system annually. No source has been cited for these claims.

“Already within the Norwest and Hills District catchment area there is a higher than average volume of homes that have solar panels installed and a strong interest from these residents in renewable energy," said Williams.

"We anticipate a high level of uptake of the Smart Home Battery Scheme and firmly believe this will cement the position of Norwest and the Hills District as one of Australia’s technology hubs powered by solar and battery.”

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