Bulk buying solar energy
OVER 100 residents attended the launch of Strathbogie Shire Council’s ‘Bogie Bulk Buy’ program in Euroa recently.
The event, which took place at the Euroa Memorial Oval, provided a great platform for local residents to gain relevant information about solar energy options, batteries and their energy future.
Peter Maruff from AusNet kicked things off with an inspiring presentation on their work with solar- powered towns in Mooroolbark and Yackandandah.
Attendees also heard from the program’s independent energy experts Yarra Energy Foundation who described how they assess solar providers, and how they assist with assessing solar and battery quotes for the community for the 12 month bulk buy period.
Solar providers Cherry Energy, who are the preferred ‘ Bogie Bulk Buy’ providers, were also able to do some myth busting and take residents through the process of installing solar.
A Model X Tesla car was the star attraction, and was accompanied by a presentation from Tesla about their new Powerwall 2 battery.
Council is collaborating with Tesla to install a six bay Supercharger station at the Kirkland Avenue carpark in Euroa.
Mayor Amanda McClaren said these sustainable initiatives are driven by Council’s commitment to addressing sustainable living now and into the future, as part of their Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 strategy.
“Council is committed to supporting our residents, businesses and producers to live better in a changing climate and to reduce their emissions, waste and income risks,” she said.
Dr Malcolm Altson from Euroa was one of the residents who attended the launch and was pleased to see such a great response from the community.
“It is fantastic to see our shire embracing renewable energy options and future possibilities of energy sharing,” Malcolm said.
Malcolm was an early solaruser, but is excited to explore the possibility of installing solar for the medical practice.
Those who weren’t able to attend the launch have the opportunity to attend one of the remaining free information sessions in Nagambie, Violet Town, Avenel and Strathbogie in the coming weeks and can register on www. bogiebulkbuy.com.au.
Strathbogie Shire residents who have any questions or would like a quote for solar panels can call Yarra Energy Foundation on 1300 866 634, who provide free advice from 9am-5pm weekdays for the next 12 months.
Yarra Energy Foundation and Cherry Energy are also offering to donate a solar system to a community building for every 50 kilowatts purchased in the bulk buy program.
Residents will be able to vote for a community solar donation from a shortlist of community buildings that have a proven annual high energy use.