Local Power buying group checklist:
for a print friendly version of the steps and checklist)
Work through the Local Power buying group checklist below to
- A) if your home is suitable for PV Solar
- B) whether you are eligible for the Solar Credits incentive
- C) whether you agree with the Energex connection terms and
- D) whether you agree with the Local Power buying group terms and
A) Home suitability:
For your home to be suitable for PV Solar panels you need:
- a north facing roof (a northish roof facing somewhere
between east and west is not ideal but will also work)
- roof pitch between 10-28 degrees (a flat or
very steep roof will incur additional costs)
- enough room on the north facing roof for the PV panel array
12-14m2 for 1.5kW to
24-30m2 for 3kW)
- unshaded tin/colorbond or tile roof
(slate, asbestos or other roof materials are not possible at
- a single or double storey home (higher
buildings may not be possible or may incur additional costs)
- you own the roof you intend to install the PV panel array on
- the roof is ready to install the panels on and is not an
Please don't be worried if you are unable to assess your roof
details. Local Power will inspect all homes as part of the
Buying Group process.
B) Solar Credits:
You can read about the Solar Credits eligibility
guidelines at the website of the
Office of Renewable Energy
Regulator by clicking
A key point is having not previously received an SHCP/PVRP
rebate, nor pre-approval for an SHCP rebate, nor Solar Credits at
the premises. There is no need to fill out any Solar
Credits or REC forms at this time.
C) Energex connection terms and conditions:
Local Power will prepare on your behalf, based on the information
you provide in the signup process, and in conjunction with the
installer, the following form. Please familiarise yourself with the Energex
Application to Network Connect an Inverter Energy System (including
Network Agreement forms and the information
and supporting documents they require before ordering online.
There is no need to fill out any Energex forms apart from
reading and signing the network agreement which will be posted to
you by Energex later in the process.
D) Local Power buying group terms and conditions for BG#7:
for a print friendly version of terms and conditions)
Purchase of PV Solar System
1.1 On payment of the deposit payment, you agree to purchase your
selected PV Solar system subject to these terms and conditions
1.2 You have read the buying group offer, worked through the
checklist and understand the assumptions listed to achieve the prices as
1.3 You agree to engage Local Power to carry out a site
inspection to confirm whether your home is a standard installation.
1.4 Local Power will arrange the ordering of your components and
the installation of your system for the quoted buying group price if:
1.4.1 it is technically feasible as a standard installation, or
you agree and pay for any additional costs for a non-standard
1.4.2 you are eligible for Solar Credits (STCs). Or if you are
not eligible for Solar Credits after paying the deposit payment you
agree to pay the balance of the system cost before installation.
1.4.3. you agree to accurately provide all the required
information for Solar Credits (if eligible) and network connection to
Local Power by the closing date for participation in the buying group,
for the order to be considered valid.
1.4.4 you agree to sign the Solar Credits (STC) forms (if
eligible) when requested by Local Power in a timely manner and return
them within 3 days of them being emailed to you.
1.4.5 your meterbox & switchboard comply with the Electrical
Safety regulations, are in good condition and include safety switches
1.5 Local Power will purchase on your behalf PV Solar components
which meet all relevant Australian and international standards.
1.6 Local Power has arranged on your behalf the installation of
your PV Solar system through Clean Energy Council accredited PV Solar
Designers/Installers and licensed electricians, according to the
relevant Australian and international standards.
1.7 Local Power will prepare on your behalf, based on the
information you provide and in conjunction with the installer, the
network connection and Solar Credits (STC) forms ready for you to sign.
1.8 If you tick "Yes" below you warrant that you are eligible for
the Solar Credits incentive which includes:
1.8.1 at the time the PV system is installed at the eligible
premises, there is no pre-approval or funding agreement in force in
respect of the system under the Solar Homes and Communities Plan (SHCP),
the Renewable Remote Power Generation (RRPGP), or the National Solar
Schools Program (NSSP) and no financial assistance has been provided in
respect of the PV system under the SHCP, the RRPGP or the NSSP.
1.8.2 at the time the PV system is installed at the eligible
premises, financial assistance under the SHCP, the Photovoltaic Rebate
Programme (PVRP), the RRPGP or the NSSP has not been approved or
provided in respect of any other PV system at the eligible premises
2.1 Payment of the deposit payment is required, as cleared funds
in the bank account as specified by Local Power, by the closing date for
participation in the buying group for the order to be considered valid.
2.2 Before the site inspection you are entitled to withdraw from
the buying group for any reason and Local Power will refund your deposit
payment less a $22 cancellation fee.
2.3 After the site inspection and before you accept the confirmed
pricing, you are entitled to withdraw from the buying group for any
reason and Local Power will refund your deposit payment less an $88
2.4 Once you confirm the pricing is acceptable, the full
deposit payment becomes non-refundable. At that time, Local Power
will order your components and is required to pay a deposit to the
suppliers to secure the components at a good price.
2.5 You agree to pay Local Power the balance payment (the
remainder of the total payment) in the week prior to the day of
installation as cleared funds in the bank account as specified by Local
Power. If the balance payment is not forthcoming, the entire deposit
payment will be forfeited.
2.6 If eligible for Solar Credits, you are asking Local Power to
receive the funds from Solar Credits (STCs) as part payment for your
system. The Solar Credits (STCs) will be paid directly to Local Power.
If the Office of Renewable Energy Regulator (
) determines you are not eligible for Solar Credits, and therefore Local
Power is unable to receive the Solar Credits as part payment, you will
be liable to Local Power for the amount of the Solar Credits.
2.7 If you are not eligible for Solar Credits, or do not wish to
access the Solar Credits incentive (i.e. you want to keep your STCs) the
balance of the system cost is due before installation.
2.8 You acknowledge that if you breach any of the conditions of
the Solar Credits incentive, you may be liable to the Office of
Renewable Energy Regulator (
). You acknowledge that Local Power will have no responsibility to you
if this occurs.
2.9 Local Power is attempting to lock in the REC (STC) price for
members after the inspection, otherwise Local Power will arrange for
participants the sale of STCs (for Solar Credits) at the REC (STC) price
available at the time of your installation.
2.10 the "REC (STC) price" is the published spot "REC (STC)
assignment price" payable by REC brokers for the right to create RECs (STCs)
from your system. For an example of the current REC (STC) price which
brokers are paying please click
2.11 All pricing quoted include GST.
3. Authority of access to property
3.1 You warrant you are the property owner of the installation
address stated in your order.
3.2. You authorise Local Power (it's contractors, employees and
installers) to have access to the property at times it reasonably
requires. This access may include, but is not limited to, site
inspections, the signing of required paperwork, the delivery and
installation of the PV Solar system, and connection to the grid.
3.3 You will co-operate as fully as possible to enable site
inspections at the earliest possible time convenient to Local Power.
3.4 You will co-operate as fully as possible to enable the
installation at the earliest possible time convenient to Local Power.
4.1 Local Power may terminate this agreement with you if either:
4.1.1 you do not abide by the terms and conditions.
4.1.2 there are delays in the buying group process causing
supplier pricing to increase. A refund under clauses 2.2 and 2.3 will
4.1.3 Local Power has not obtained the minimum homes required
to participate in the buying group. A refund under clauses 2.2 and 2.3
4.1.4 Local Power close the buying group early due to high
demand. A refund under clause 2.2 will apply.
4.1.5 You are not in the Brisbane metropolitan area (as defined
by Local Power). A refund under clause 2.2 will apply.
4.2. You may terminate this agreement before installation if
4.2.1 your home does not qualify as a standard installation and
you aren't willing to pay additional costs for a non-standard
installation. A refund under clause 2.3 will apply.
4.2.2 at the time of your inspection, the REC (STC) prices
drops below $26 and you aren't willing to pay the additional price. A
refund under clause 2.3 will apply.
5. Liabilities and Risk
5.1 The ownership and insurance risk of the PV solar system
passes to you upon installation at your stated address. Local Power
suggests you check with your insurance company as to their requirements
to ensure adequate coverage of your PV solar system on your policy.
5.2 You acknowledge Local Power accepts no liability or
responsibility for your Solar Credits (STC) incentive as administered by
the Office of Renewable Energy Reegulator (
5.3 Local Power accepts no responsibility for any damage or loss
caused by the installer and you indemnify Local Power for any damage or
loss you may incur. Local Power will work with you and the installer to
rectify any damage to your property caused by the installer, provided
that you notify Local Power within 30 days of installation.
5.4 Local Power accepts no responsibility for any radio frequency
interference due to any site specific circumstances of the installation
of the PV Solar System.
5.5 You acknowledge that Local Power will not be responsible for
old & brittle roofing tiles that crack during installation.
5.6 Local Power accepts no responsibility for any additional
costs charged by your electricity retailer for Energex to hang the new
meter. Local Power understands that Energex currently does not charge
the electricity retailers for this service, but reserves the right to do
6. Product Warranties
6.1 The components are warranted as per the various manufacturers
warranties. The solar panels have manufacturers warranty of
(or 5 years for Sharp) and a limited performance warranty of
The inverters have a warranty of 5 years, and an optional fee will
extend the warranty for some inverters from 5 years to 10 years. The
mounting frames have a warranty of 10 years.
6.2. The installation workmanship warranty is 5 years from the
date of installation. After 1 year you are responsible for any costs in
removing and returning any components under their respective warranties.
6.3 Local Power does not guarantee any particular level of
performance of the PV Solar system. The performance is subject to a
number of local factors including the roof orientation and pitch, the
number of hours of direct sunlight, cloud cover and shading from
building structures and trees, some of which will change over time.
7.1 You agree to provide Local Power with whatever personal
information is required for the efficient functioning of the buying
group on your behalf, in particular for the accurate completion of the
paperwork for the Solar Credits incentive (selling of your RECs/STCs)
and network connection to the grid.
7.2. Local Power will provide your information to its contractors,
employees and installers only so far as to effectively perform their
7.3 Local Power will provide your information on your behalf to
the relevant bodies for the processing of the Solar Credits incentive
(selling of your RECs/STCs), connecting your PV Solar system to the grid
and if asked your electricity retailer.
7.4 You may access the personal information we have collected
from you with a request in writing.
7.5 Unless otherwise agreed with you, Local Power will not
provide your personal information to any third parties other than those
7.6 Local Power will not sell your personal information in any
I have read and understood the Local Power buying group terms and
conditions and accept them in full.
I am eligible for the Solar Credits (STC) incentive and have not
previously received an SHCP/PVRP rebate, nor pre-approval for an SHCP
rebate, nor Solar Credits at the premises. Yes ____ or No _____
(please mark appropriately with an X)
I have read the buying group offer, worked through the checklist and
understand the assumptions listed to achieve the prices as quoted.