16 Jan 2018

In August 2017 Access Housing officially opened Western Australia’s first affordable housing development to feature an embedded solar energy network – SHAC @ WGV.

The innovative key worker housing development is one of Australia’s first strata residential properties to offer residents strata-community based solar energy capture, storage and shared usage infrastructure. Once live, the solar power network will become the primary source of electricity for tenants within their homes and the development’s two studio spaces. This will deliver significant electricity bill savings to residents.

The development features 12 residences and is being tenanted by members of the Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) cooperative, who are key workers and contributors in the Fremantle economy and community. The group were active participants in the design of the project to help deliver affordable housing options for some of their members who had been priced out of the area’s housing market. The group uses the development’s studios as creative workspaces for residents and the broader community as well as for meetings, exhibitions, learning and events to create a hub for community activity.

The SHAC development sits within LandCorp’s ‘One Planet Living’ accredited WGV estate. It is one of several of the estate’s strata developments benefiting from solar power infrastructure as part of a demonstration project supported by a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The WGV solar energy demonstration project is a partnership between LandCorp, Curtin University, Low Carbon Living CRC, Western Power, the City of Fremantle and Solar Balance. Access Housing acknowledges the funding contribution made by project partner LandCorp, which directly assisted the company to harness solar power at the SHAC development.

You can view the SHAC @ WGV video below. For more information about Access Housing’s other completed property development projects, please click here