Suburban sustainability pioneers Stuart McQuire and Wendy Orams were second in Australia to install a grid-connected solar system at their inner-north Melbourne home – way back in 1996.
They haven’t paid an electricity bill since – in 21 years!
The couple had to pay a quarter of the 2kW system’s $20,000 price as it was a partly-funded trial with the 1994 Brunswick Electricity Supply Department’s Aurora project.
They will be celebrating 21 consecutive years of generating a surplus of solar electricity, and guiding people through their Californian bungalow home.
Aside from the historic solar system, the house features solar hot water, rainwater tanks, greywater treatment, double glazed windows, shading, roof windows, insulation. a permaculture garden, chooks and worm farms.
Register to see Stuart and Wendy’s house on Sustainable House Day.
Click here to listen to Stuart being interviewed on 774 ABC Melbourne.
Click here to read Stuart and Wendy’s story in Sanctuary Magazine.