Farming the Sun is launching a second community bulk-buy of solar hot water systems. This is in addition to the community bulk-buy of solar power systems which has now commenced the first round of installations.
The current solar bulk-buy programs are building upon Farming the Sun’s earlier success in coordinating the installation of $6.7m worth of solar technologies during the 2008-2011 period.
The purpose of these 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 discount on the highest quality solar power and solar hot water systems, plus installation. As a community and sustainability enterprise, it is important for us to only use high quality and long-lasting technologies.
The goals for the two bulk-buys are as follows:
Install solar hot water for an additional 1% (270) of residences, across the local government areas of Armidale Dumaresq, Glen Innes Severn, Guyra, Inverell, Uralla and Walcha. Achieving this would double the 1% of residences who participated in the first bulk-buy program.
Install 1MW of solar power for 1% (333) of residences across the local government areas of Tamworth, Armidale, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Uralla and Walcha.
Businesses are also eligible. Any business uptake will be in addition to these goals.
Farming the Sun will further contribute to the long-term sustainability of the New England North West region by way of setting aside “1% for Sustainability” ~ being 1% of the project income from each bulk-buy to fund future initiatives which are aligned with the priorities identified in the New England Sustainability Strategy.
Want to attend the official launch?
WHEN: 9:45am for a 10am start to 11am – Wednesday 30 November 2016
WHERE: Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill Street (corner Maitland Street), URALLA
RSVP by 5pm, Monday 28 November to Liz Gardiner ~ firstname.lastname@example.org | 02 6778 7249
Benefits for Community & Business
Energy, and the many functions it provides, is an essential need and a foundation for our quality of life.
The New England North West Region of NSW sources the bulk of its electricity from coal-fired power stations and where proposed new coal and gas mines 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, including increasing local temperatures and more extreme variability in 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 of up to 33% below recommended retail prices for high-quality, solar power systems and up to 17.5% below recommended retail prices for high-quality, evacuated tube solar hot-water systems.
A range of educational information, presentations and forums will be provided to increase the understanding of solar energy technology and the sustainability issues associated with 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.