Time is right for so­lar

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Re­duc­ing en­ergy: REB’s John Lloyd with Be­nalla’s Bar­bara Buchanan.

Be­nalla great-grand­mother Bar­bara Buchanan was pleased to fi­nally in­stall a so­lar sys­tem, af­ter plan­ning to for many years.

Bar­bara and her late hus­band had al­ways ex­pected to in­stall so­lar pan­els when the tech­nol­ogy and price be­came ‘right’ — and she felt that time had ar­rived.

Each day the so­lar pan­els will gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity which can be used throughout the house and the ex­cess can be ex­ported to the grid.

The pan­els will cre­ate sav­ings which will pay for them­selves in about six years and then they will de­liver free day-time power for the next quar­ter of a cen­tury.

With a life-time pro­fes­sional com­mit­ment to Aus­tralian na­tive plants, Bar­bara is keenly aware of the fragility of na­ture and it is this aware­ness that has driven her de­ci­sion to go so­lar.

‘‘The threat of cli­mate change is so im­me­di­ate, we all need to work to re­duce our car­bon emis­sions — now is the time to act,’’ Mrs Buchanan said.

Re­new­able En­ergy Be­nalla (REB) con­venor John Lloyd joined Bar­bara to in­spect the new in­stal­la­tion.

With the sup­port of Be­nalla Ru­ral City, REB has part­nered with Mondo Power to of­fer lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses so­lar and bat­tery sys­tems with an in­te­gra­tion sys­tem called an Ubi.

The aim of the Ubi is to pre­pare Be­nalla for a low-car­bon emis­sions fu­ture.

‘‘REB be­lieves that we need to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions as quickly as pos­si­ble to re­duce the im­pact of cli­mate change and to leave the planet in a bet­ter state for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,’’ Mr Lloyd said.

‘‘One way of do­ing this is to move away from fos­sil fuel based en­ergy to clean re­new­able en­ergy.

‘‘Re­new­able En­ergy Be­nalla’s vi­sion is for our town to be­come a zero net en­ergy com­mu­nity by 2028.

‘‘REB con­grat­u­lates Bar­bara and vi­sion to in­stall the so­lar sys­tem.’’

Be­nalla Ru­ral City res­i­dents have only days left to sign up for an obli­ga­tion free site-in­spec­tion.

To start the process, mon­dopower.com.au/be­nalla

The pro­gram closes on De­cem­ber 10. her visit

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