NatHERS Accreditation

solaRate is pleased to announce we have successfully completed the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment CPP41212.  As of 1st January 2016 all residential thermal performance assessors will be required to have attained the Certificate IV qualification to be NatHERS accredited.  Refer to the NatHERS (National House Energy Rating Scheme) website for more information, CLICK HERE

Green Roofs Presentation

Are you looking for ways to cool your home and reduce your energy use in summer, find new space for growing food or foliage and beautify your home and garden? Planting a green roof or wall can do all of these things for your home - but where do you start?

Go along to the next SCAN (Sustainability Community Action Network) meeting in Albert Park to find out how you can get the right information and materials to plant your own green roof or wall on your home.  For more information, CLICK HERE

You'll also get the chance to find about an exciting green roof going up in St Kilda East and share their journey so far. For more information, CLICK HERE


Solar Rebates for Commercial Buildings

The City of Melbourne is offering rebates for the purchase and installation of solar systems, to make it easy for commercial and industrial businesses to go solar. Melbourne has significantly higher rates of commercial and industrial buildings compared to other municipalities, and this offers a unique opportunity to increase the amount of solar energy produced in the City. Rebates range from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the system size (minimum size 10kW). Closing date to register your interest in 12 June 2015. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Recycled Water for Washing Machines

Property owners in all Melbourne metropolitan areas now have the choice of using recycled water in their clothes washing machines due to recent upgrades of Melbourne Water's Western and Eastern Treatment Plants. As of 1 January 2015, conditions of connection for new homes in City West Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water's mandated Class A recycled water areas will include a requirement for plumbers to install a washing machine stop tap for recycled water in the laundry. To read more, CLICK HERE