A South Morang townhouse project piloting solar batteries and panels is considering making them a standard inclusion.
Expected to save buyers about $1000 a year on their energy bills, the pilot’s backers believe the technology could be a standard inclusion for new home builds within three years.
The Village Building Co partnered with Natural Solar for the pilot at its Trilogy Place development.
Five of the 33 townhouses in the development’s latest release will be equipped with 10kW solar battery and panel systems, while all buyers will have subsidised access to it as an optional extra, cutting about $5000 from the cost of the technology
Those who bought into the first stage will also be able to request it.
Village Building Co general manager Tom Maidment said he expected most of the wider project’s 239 townhouses would wind up with solar batteries and panels.
“I’d like to think that the majority will take this up,” Mr Maidment said.
“For their electrical bills, they will be saving about 80 per cent with this in place, which could be over $1000 a year. And people are thinking about the climate now.”
The developer also brought in Rothelowman architects to design the townhouses, which will feature stone benchtops, quality fixtures and fittings, Ilve appliances and engineered timber floorboards.
Two-bedroom designs will have two bathrooms and a two-storey floorplan, while three- and four-bedroom offerings will rise up to three levels.
To date, interest has come from a mix of first-home buyers and those seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle.
Natural Solar’s Chris Williams said he believed solar batteries would become a standard inclusion within 24 to 36 months.
“We are now at an inflection point where solar and batteries are on the way towards becoming a standard inclusion across most new masterplanned developments,” Mr Williams said.
Two-bedroom townhouses are priced from $457,000-$467,000. Three-bedroom townhouses cost $507,000-$533,000 and four-bedroom townhouses are $547,000.