These current solar bulk-buy programs are building upon Farming the Sun’s track record with more than 600 installations to date.
The purpose of our community bulk-buys is to significantly increase the understanding, affordability and take-up of solar energy technologies by making available a discounted bulk offering of high quality, solar power and hot water systems.
We have negotiated the best possible discounts on top tier quality solar power and solar hot water technologies, installation and warranties. Our solar power packages can also be upgraded to add battery storage.
Businesses are also eligible for each of the bulk-buy programs.
As a community program, our focus first and foremost is education. We’re working to increase the understanding of energy issues and the sustainable options that are available to generate and use energy. By ‘sustainable’ we are talking about affordability and comfort as well as being environmentally sound.
The rapid take-up of solar power in the region we are working mirrors what is happening right across Australia, which now has the highest proportion of roof top solar in the world. The capacity of solar power has risen from just 100,000kW in early 2010 to be, as of 31 March 2018, 7.8 million kW from more than 1.84 million installations. [Source: Australian Photovoltaic Institute]
Farming the Sun will further contribute to long-term sustainability of these regions by setting aside “1% for Sustainability” ~ being 1% of the project income from each bulk-buy to fund future sustainability initiatives in each region.
Benefits for Community & Business
Energy, and the many functions it provides, is an essential need and a foundation for our quality of life.
NSW still sources the bulk of its electricity from coal-fired power stations. The Northern Rivers has successfully defended itself from unconvential gas exploration, however the New England North West is still facing new coal and gas mines which are directly threatening prime agricultural land, endangered species of flora and fauna, as well as creating serious risks to the Murray Darling Basin and Great Artesian Basin water supplies.
The growing impacts of climate change are just as serious considerations for our energy options, including increasing local temperatures and more extreme variability in storm activity and rainfall patterns.
Farming the Sun provides community members and business the opportunity to be a part of a collective purchasing program which achieves significant discounts below recommended retail prices for high-quality solar technologies.
As part of our programs we provide educational information, presentations and forums to increase the understanding of solar energy technology and the sustainability issues associated with different energy choices.
Installing solar energy technologies is one of the most affordable ways to reduce both household and business costs at the same time as reducing environmental impacts.
It is our view that solar energy is profoundly more sustainable than either coal or gas power.