Mornington Peninsula Shire Bulk Buy

Mornington Peninsula Shire has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF), and suppliers Eko Energy and RMS Heating and Cooling, to deliver a Bulk Buy Program that will assist households in the Shire area in accessing solar and energy efficiency products at a discounted price.

In line with the Shire’s Climate Emergency Plan (CEP) objectives, the Bulk Buy Program will involve the community (such as yourselves) in our journey to zero carbon emissions by encouraging uptake of energy efficient products and renewables.

Rate payers will be able to access discounted energy efficiency and solar products until June 2022 by contacting AEF’s Energy Advisors by phone (1300 23 68 55) or by registering interest below.

You can also book in a call back consultation at a time that suits you by clicking here.

Get a great deal on the following products

Solar Power

Find out about the mid-range and premium solar panel options from the national top 10 solar installers Eko Energy.

Battery Storage

Battery storage can give you more energy independence and allow you to utilise your excess solar during the night.

Heat Pump Hot Water System

Heat pump water heaters are highly efficient and use 60% of the energy of a conventional electric system; costing on average only $180 a year.

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner

Upgrade to a new energy-efficient model and enjoy a comfortable home year-round without worrying about your electricity bills.

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Attend an Information Session to find out more and get your questions answered.

  • Thursday June 24th 2021 Webinar: Intro to program, AEF & suppliers – Watch the recording here!
  • Saturday July 17 2021 at Benton’s Square Community House: Intro to program, AEF & suppliers – CANCELLED due to COVID lockdowns
  • Thursday August 19 2021, 12pm Webinar: Hot Water Heat Pumps & Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners – Watch the recording here!
  • Thursday September 9 2021, 6:30pm Webinar: Power Your Home with Solar & Batteries – Watch the recording here!
  • Tuesday November 9 2021, 7pm Webinar: All you need to know about Solar & Batteries – Watch the recording here!
  • Tuesday February 15 2021, 7pm Webinar

Frequently asked questions

Solar panels and efficient appliances help people to save money as well as help the environment. To help rate payers on the Peninsula, the MPS Council is making it easier to purchase and install these products. This follows the MPS Climate Emergency Plan.

The Program is open to all Mornington Peninsula Shire rate payers until June 2022.

You will have free access to:

  • AEF’s comprehensive Energy Advice Service offering, available over-the-phone, email and through the Bulk Buy website. AEF Energy Advisors provide personalised advice on which products are most suitable for your needs and budget.
  • Obligation-free quotes from trusted and vetted suppliers, for hot water heat pumps, reverse cycle air-conditioners, and solar panels.
  • Assistance with applying for available state and federal rebates, to help you save more!
  • Six information sessions to learn about the energy efficiency products on offer and how to create a comfortable and safe home.

Nearly every roof in Australia is suitable for solar panels, but there are certain conditions which can cause the panels to not work as well or can increase the installation cost. Every roof material is suitable for solar except for slate because it is so fragile. Some things to check when considering solar are roof type, space (ideally 25 to 35m2), roof slope, strength, orientation and shade. More information can be found in AEF’s Solar Guide.

Prices will vary depending on the type of house. An installation cost of $277 will be added to a two-storey house and tiled roofs will incur a cost of $160.

The Solar Victoria rebate is currently $1400 and if eligible, applicants can also receive an interest free loan for $1,400, reducing your upfront cost by up to $2800.

Heat pump water heaters extract heat from the air to heat your water. They are highly efficient, using only about 25% of the energy of a conventional electric system; costing only around $120 a year to supply a typical household’s hot water needs. In comparison, electric hot water costs around $440 and gas around $270, or around $550 including the gas daily supply charge. An added bonus is if you have Solar PV, you could further slash hot water running costs by timing your heat pump to operate during daylight hours!

The Bulk Buy products are on the approved products list for an eligible Solar hot water Rebate of up to $1,000 to deduct from the quoted price. 

Traditional solar hot water systems use one or two roof-mounted flat plates or a set of tubes to directly soak up heat from the sun and pass it to a hot water tank. These days, for most Victorian households a hot water heat pump (HWHP) is a better option because among other factors it avoids tricky plumbing on the roof and doesn’t require a supplemental heater to run during cloudy weather. It also saves roof space for solar panels to generate electricity. HWHPs and traditional solar hot water systems save a similar amount of energy, but the HWHP’s remaining energy consumption is more consistent through the year.

Reverse cycle air conditioners (RCAC) are efficient because they use heat pump technology which can extract heat found in ambient air and move it either inside your home to keep it warm in winter, or outside to keep your home cool in summer. An RCAC is now the most economic and cleanest heating option thanks to new, more efficient technology and rising costs for other heating methods. Upgrading to a new energy-efficient model will help you stay warm in winter and cool in summer while paying less on electric bills, and reduce the stress on the electricity grid during heat waves.

From July 2021, eligible households with combined income of less than $90,000pa can apply for a $1,000 rebate on RCAC from Solar Victoria. Find out if an upgraded system is right for you through information on AEF’s website.

A “split system” air conditioner is a common type with an indoor unit and a separate outdoor unit. Typically, the indoor unit is mounted high on a wall and connected to the outdoor unit via pipes through the wall. A “multi split” has more than one indoor unit connected via pipes to a single outdoor unit, making the installation more compact. The other main type of air conditioner is a “ducted system” with a large central unit supplying heated or cooled air to many rooms via air ducts. A ducted system has some advantages but is more expensive to run because it’s less efficient.

Generally speaking, heat pump hot water systems – they’re are great on their own, but even better with a solar system. If you set the heat pump’s timer to run around midday, most of its electricity would be supplied directly from the solar panels. This results in a very low hot water cost per litre, cheaper than any other option. Read our article to learn more!

Solar Power System Prices

eko energy was established in 2007 and is part of Echo Group. They are a top 10 solar installer nationally (according to Sunwiz data), have triple ISO certification and, as eko energy, are a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer. Echo Group and its associated businesses and their teams have installed over 8,500 solar PV systems from 1kW to a 1.2MW systems, totalling over 50,000kW with hundreds more in the pipeline.

10 panels

Standard System
  • Risen | 400W Panels
  • 4.0 kW
  • 25 Year Panel Performance Warranty
  • 15 Year Panel Warranty
  • Solis Inverter | 4kW
  • 10 Year Inverter Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

14 panels

Standard System
  • Risen | 400W Panels
  • 5.6 kW
  • 25 Year Panel Performance Warranty
  • 15 Year Panel Warranty
  • Solis Inverter | 5kW
  • 10 Year Inverter Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

18 panels

Standard System
  • Risen | 400W Panels
  • 7.2 kW
  • 25 Year Panel Performance Warranty
  • 15 Year Panel Warranty
  • Solis Inverter | 6kW
  • 10 Year Inverter Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

10 panels

Premium System
  • Q CELLS | 390W Panels
  • 3.9 KW
  • 25 Year Panel Performance Warranty
  • 25 Year Panel Warranty
  • Fronius Inverter | 3kW
  • 10 Year Inverter Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

14 panels

Premium System
  • Q CELLS | 390W Panels
  • 5.5 KW
  • 25 Year Panel Performance Warranty
  • 25 Year Panel Warranty
  • Fronius Inverter | 5kW
  • 10 Year Inverter Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

18 panels

Premium System
  • Q CELLS | 390W Panels
  • 7 KW
  • 25 Year Panel Performance Warranty
  • 25 Year Panel Warranty
  • Fronius Inverter | 6kW
  • 10 Year Inverter Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

* Total Cost after STC rebate (excluding Solar VIC rebate). Prices includes installation.

Disclaimer: We always work to source the best-value products available. Prices and products are subject to change due to shipping costs, changes to government rebates, market fluctuations, etc. Once you receive a quote, prices are firm as per the quote conditions. Final pricing will be quoted by supplier after site visit and is valid for 14 days.

Please note on Oct 4th, 2021, AEF was notified that Trina panels are no longer being offered by eko and have been switched to Risen panels.

Commonly installed solar PV systems for an average single storey home. Prices do not include Solar Victoria rebate however does include STC rebates.

Additional combinations and sizes are available through the bulk buy program.

Rebate

The Solar Victoria rebate is currently valued at $1,400 and if eligible, applicants can also receive an interest free loan for $1,400. Details can be found here at https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate

Battery Storage

Battery storage systems are also being supplied and installed by eko energy. Two options are available:

Tesla Powerwall – retrofittable to an existing sufficiently sized solar system

Alpha ESS – available as a solar and battery package.

10.1kWh

ALPHA ESS Smile5
  • 9.1 KWh Battery Capacity
  • 4.6kW Battery Inverter Power
  • 90% | Depth of Discharge
  • Yes | DC Coupled
  • Yes | AC Coupled
  • LiFePO4 | Battery Chemistry
  • 5 Year Product Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

14 kWh

Tesla Powerwall
  • 13.5 KWh Battery Capacity
  • 5kW Battery Inverter Power
  • 90% | Depth of Discharge
  • No | DC Coupled
  • Yes | AC Coupled
  • NMC | Battery Chemistry
  • 10 Year Product Warranty
  • 5 Year Installation Warranty

Step 1 of 3 – Suitability for Battery Storage

Suitability for battery storage

These questions will help assess how suitable your situation is for getting battery storage.
Do you own the home?*
What type of home is it?*
How many storeys?*
(if you receive one and know how much it is)