50kW tar­get to get com­mu­nity so­lar bonus

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

AT the Bo­gie Bulk Buy launch, Cherry En­ergy So­lu­tions and the Yarra En­ergy Foundation (YEF) com­mit­ted to do­nat­ing rooftop so­lar to a lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion if over 50kW were sold through the pro­gram.

Just three weeks later this tar­get has been reached, with a fur­ther 11 months re­main­ing.

This equates to ap­prox­i­mately 72 tonnes of carbon abated an­nu­ally, and things are just get­ting started.

The fast pace that lo­cal res­i­dents are sign­ing on the dot­ted line demon­strates the en­thu­si­asm of the com­mu­nity for so­lar.

The Yarra En­ergy Foundation, who is co­or­di­nat­ing the Bo­gie Bulk Buy Pro­gram, said that the af­ford­abil­ity of in­stalling so­lar en­ergy sys­tems meant that their cal­en­dar was jam-packed with res­i­dents re­quest­ing site visits in the next few weeks.

Just who will re­ceive the do­na­tion will now be put to a com­mu­nity vote once a short- list of pos­si­ble ben­e­fi­cia­ries is com­piled.

YEF is wel­com­ing com­mu­nity sug­ges­tions of those wor­thy of re­ceiv­ing the do­na­tion.

If you have a sug­ges­tions for a com­mu­nity group within the Shire of Strath­bo­gie that could ben­e­fit from some low­ered en­ergy bills, please let the Yarra En­ergy Foundation know by call­ing 1300 866 634 or by email­ing in­for­ma­tion@yef. org.au.

With this ini­tial goal reached, a com­mu­nity so­lar do­na­tion has been se­cured.

How­ever that is not the end of the story.

YEF has said that the more so­lar that is sold through the pro­gram the larger the do­na­tion can be.

If those sign­ing up for so­lar con­tin­ues at the cur­rent rate, YEF said they hope to do­nate sev­eral so­lar en­ergy sys­tems to a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups.

All the more rea­son, YEF say, to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est or at­tend an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

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