The world’s first solar roof for a home
Residents in Sydney, Australia, are going solar to save money on their electricity bills.
The solar roof is part of a wider push to make electricity more affordable.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the roof is being installed in the city’s suburb of Wollongong.
The rooftop, which will cost about $150,000 (£120,000), was installed by solar firm Energys, which is based in Melbourne.
It will cost homeowners about $1,500 a month to heat and cool their homes, which they will pay for by selling energy generated from the rooftop to a power company.
In New York City, solar panels are being installed at more than 300 buildings to help homeowners cut their bills.
“We’re just getting started with solar,” Energies director of business development and business strategy Chris Wood said.
“You’re seeing more and more cities in the United States, the UK and elsewhere, adopting the same concept.”
Wood said the solar roof could help homeowners make more money by using more electricity and cutting their costs, especially when they’re not building the panels themselves.
“When you have solar panels in a house, you don’t have to pay for them yourself,” he said.
Energists also have plans to install solar panels on other houses to help them save money.
In a new report, the company said rooftop solar systems had been installed on more than 500 buildings in the US and Australia.
The company is planning to install a total of 1,000 panels by 2020.