Case Study: Northcote Rental Housing Co-op

Northcote Rental Housing Co-op: affordable housing that’s not at the expense of the environment.

Northcote Rental Housing Co-operative (NRHC) is an inclusive, member-governed co-operative that provides quality affordable homes for members of the community who receive a low to moderate income.

Established in 1983, NRHC manages 40 properties, including two apartment buildings in Abbotsford, Melbourne.

NRHC were participants in Darebin City Council’s “Solar Savers” scheme and sought to help reduce the power bills for the community houses and individual renters living in a rental co-op.

To help them realise this objective, NRHC introduced solar panels. Since 2014, NHRC has saved the planet over 2.5 million kilograms of Co2 emissions – the equivalent of over 2,500 average-sized cars driven non-stop for over 1.5 days.

Their commitment to solar has enabled them to welcome more people into their affordable houses and explore further ways to become more sustainable.

“We’re really pleased that Darebin partnered with MEFL to facilitate the “solar savers” scheme. Their process was seamless and we felt supported the entire time.

We’re really looking forward to being able to house more residents. And once the panels have been paid off, we’re really looking forward to pursuing additional ways to become more sustainable.”

  • Jen Jewel Brown, Northcote Rental Housing Cooperative

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