We have always said that our community housing properties should be affordable to rent as well as live in. This year we installed solar power systems in fifteen BeyondHousing properties in Benalla to help social housing tenants in the fight against rising energy costs.
The project was delivered with assistance from the Victorian Government, through Solar Victoria’s rebate scheme for community housing providers, which provides a rebate for the installation of solar panel (PV) systems.
Installing solar panels is an important step in reducing living costs for our tenants whilst also contributing towards a reduction in our organisation’s carbon footprint. In 2019 Benalla had one of the highest rates of electricity disconnection in Victoria. We worked with local company Solargain Wangaratta, who are a Clean Energy Council (CEC) approved solar installer.
"Installing solar PV ticked a lot of boxes for us in terms of our strategic plan to increase our sustainable use of resources and to reduce costs for our tenants who are vulnerable to rising costs of living" said Leisa Maksin, Housing Services Manager.
"So, this is a great way to bring down their costs, provide tenants resources that give them resilience against the effects of climate change and reduce our carbon footprint [LH1]".
"Good, regular communication with tenants was really vital. We talked to them about the solar installation and what it meant for them. The tenants were all on board and excited."
"There has been such great feedback from tenants about the professionalism of everyone working on the project and many saying how thankful they are that BeyondHousing cares about their financial wellbeing beyond just a roof over their heads".
David's home was fitted with the Solar PV system.
"I think it’s the greatest thing ever for us and for our tenants and for the community as well. Everyone says they want to reduce costs for tenants and reduce their environmental impact and this is a great way to do it.".
"It is great not having to worry so much about energy bills now, which have always stayed high even in winter because I’ve got both electric heating and cooling".
"To know I am going to have some relief from high energy bills and to also have a more energy efficient but still comfortable home is a really great feeling".
"Having more room in my budget to spend on basic things like healthcare and food is very welcome".
"BeyondHousing saved me when the home I had lived in for over 10 years was sold and I couldn’t find anywhere else to live despite having a great rental history and good references. I already feel so lucky to have a home of my own that I know I can stay in for life but that they have gone a step further and helped ease the pressure of big bills is just incredible".
"I’m really grateful for BeyondHousing taking the initiative to do this for me and the other tenants here in Benalla".
"I already feel so lucky to have a home of my own that I know I can stay in for life but that they have gone a step further and helped ease the pressure of big bills is just incredible".