Bulk buy­ing so­lar en­ergy

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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