September 12 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Australian state of Victoria on Tuesday announced planning changes that will protect homeowners with rooftop solar from overshadowing by neighbouring developments.
Under the changes, to take effect in late September, overshadowing of existing home solar panels and solar hot water systems will be considered in planning decisions.
The news follows an announcement of the state government's Solar Homes programme in August. Via the programme, the Labor government promises to install half-price solar panels on 650,000 homes over 10 years, if re-elected. The programme is expected to save households close to AUD 900 (USD 641/EUR 553) a year on power bills. The government said that the new planning provisions will safeguard these savings.
"We’re getting the planning right to protect residents against inappropriate development, tackle climate change and cut the cost of living for Victorian households," said Minister for Planning Richard Wynne.
(AUD 1 = USD 0.712/EUR 0.614)