Farming the Sun
Farming the Sun is an award winning community solar energy initiative. It is Australia’s largest such project to date.
The current priority is community solar farms. This project enables local community members and organisations to pool micro-investments, build and own a solar farm. It aims to install at least 1 MW of solar farms across north-eastern NSW – the New England High Country, Liverpool Plains, North Coast and Gwydir Regions.
Community solar farms will range upwards in size from 80kw, each producing electricity equivalent to what is used in more than 30 average homes. Solar farms will be located at the site of a large power user which will purchase this solar power for a discounted rate that is even better than 'black' power prices. Alternatively several sites within a town could install solar under the one project, with combined size being at least 80kW.
Capital to install the solar farms will be raised from offering shares to community members in the locality of each installation. Investors will receive returns aimed at being 'better than bank interest' while also providing associated social and environmental benefits.
We invite you to become involved in this new solar initiative: as a Host (large electricity user), an investor or a local community partner. Details of requirements for Hosts are set out here.