FAQs stands for "Frequently Asked Questions,that is created to answer common questions a user may have about FairlaneGreen products and services or that a newcomer to a Web site might have regarding the site.

Although people are more knowledgeable about solar powered systems than ever, there are still some questions we’re asked all the time. For your benefit, we have listed some of the most asked questions by our customers below.

You can also get answers to your questions and more information by contacting your nearest FairlaneGreen consultant on 0404 963 084 or using our on-line contact form.

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Who is a green loan assessor?

Green loan assessor is a person who is qualified and accredited to perform a home sustainability assessments, and who is on a register of assessors.

How can I book for an assessment?

If you are interested in having a Home Sustainability Assessment, call us on 0404 963 084.

Do I have to have the house assessment to get the loan?

Yes, the loan exists to support the Household in adopting the recommendations outlined in the Assessment Report. Only those recommended actions from the report will be covered by the loan.

Can the Green Loan be used in conjunction with other Government rebates?

Yes. Eligibility for the loan subsidy is not affected by other available subsidies and incentives for the same items or actions

What is the income threshold for Green Loan eligibility?

The Green Loans Program has a target upper threshold of $250,000 annual income for the applicant. Suitable evidence of an applicant''s taxable income may be requested and may include the most recent Notice of Assessment produced by the Australian Taxation Office.

What is green power?

Green power is the generic name given to electricity generated from clean, renewable energy sources. Green power sources can include solar (photovoltaic and thermal), wind power, new hydro on existing dams, biomass, wave energy and landfill gas.

What is grid interactive solar?

In a grid-interactive solar system, electricity is generated by solar panels.

Will new schools being developed in coming years be eligible under the National Solar Schools Program?

As long as the new school is eligible for Australian Government general recurrent grants payments and can complete the project before 30 June 2015 it is eligible for a grant. Our database is updated each year. A new school should contact us and we will ascertain the schools status.

What is the Solar Hot Water Rebate?

The Solar Hot Water Rebate component of the Australian Government’s Energy Efficient Homes Package provides rebates of $1,600 to eligible applicants to install solar or heat pump hot water systems in existing homes. The new hot water system must replace an electric storage hot water system which are the most greenhouse intensive of household hot water systems and generate the largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The rebate encourages switching to alternative hot water technologies by addressing the up-front cost barriers to climate friendly systems, which also deliver low operating costs for the household. The rebate is to help households replace existing electric storage hot water systems. Rebates are not available for replacing older solar or gas hot water systems.

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When can I apply for a rebate?

The rebate is offered from 3 February 2009 until 30 June 2012, subject to the availability of funds, for solar or heat pump hot water systems installed from 3 February 2009. No applications will be accepted after 30 June 2012. Applicants must apply for the rebate within six months of their new solar or heat pump hot water system being installed.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applicants must apply for the rebate within six months (184 days) of installing an eligible system.

Are compact fluorescent lights suitable for use throughout the house?

Compact fluorescent lights can replace incandescent lights in most cases. They are not recommended for enclosed light fittings, as heat can build up within the fitting. Compact fluorescent lights are best for frequently used rooms where the lights are on for at least three hours at a time. They are great for difficult to reach fixtures as they won''t need to be replaced as often.

Are halogen lights energy efficient?

Halogen lights provide a beam of light and therefore don''t spread light very well. This may mean that several quartz halogen lights will be required to adequately light a room. Four halogen down lights will give the same amount of light as one 100-watt globe in the middle of a room. Halogen lights consume additional energy because they require a transformer. They can also reduce the efficiency of ceiling insulation, as holes need to be cut in the insulation to provide a 25mm gap around each light (covering down lights with insulation creates a fire risk).

I own multiple rental properties, can I install insulation in more than one property?

Yes. If you meet the eligibility requirements of the Home Insulation Program then you can apply for the assistance for each of your rental properties. Please check the Program Guidelines.

Can I seek reimbursement for new ceiling insulation installed prior to 1 July 2009?

Yes. Households that installed insulation between 3 February 2009 and 30 June 2009 may be entitled to seek reimbursement under the Homeowner Insulation Program or the Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters. This must be done within six months of the installation (see the Early installation guidelines for more information) and you must meet all eligibility requirements.

What is a greywater system?

A greywater system is a common term used to identify the collection and re-use of domestic wastewater from a range of sources that include your bath, bathroom basin, laundry or shower.

How do I select the right rainwater tank for me?

When selecting a rainwater tank it is important to consider the average annual rainfall in your area, the water collection area (such as roof size) of your residence and what size tank is most relevant to your household needs. In addition, you should consider the planning, plumbing and public health requirements in your local area.

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