Northern Rivers – Solar power & battery storage bulk-buy

Farming the Sun is pleased to be offering a community bulk-buy of solar power systems for the Northern Rivers. The purpose of the community solar power bulk-buy is to significantly increase the understanding, affordability and take-up of solar energy throughout the region.

This new program builds upon our success in coordinating seven other solar bulk-buy programs in the New England North West region of NSW, and Australia’s first ever community-funded, Council-operated solar farms in Lismore.

The Northern Rivers bulk-buy is making available ~ in collaboration with local solar specialist Nickel Energy ~ a range of high quality, Tier 1 solar power systems which have been substantially discounted (20% below regular retail) as a benefit of the bulk-buying.

Register your interest in the
Northern Rivers Solar Bulk-Buy

East Lismore Shopping Centre 10kW 

We are also offering a choice of premium inverters and battery systems for those either wanting batteries now, or preparing to be battery-ready for a future upgrade. Battery options include LG, Tesla, Sonnen and Enphase batteries.

Nickel are also able to provide you with the Reposit system (see below for details) which can significantly improve how efficiently you use your solar or batteries and significantly reduce the payback on solar battery systems.

This bulk-buy offer is available to residents, businesses and farms throughout the Northern Rivers region including the entire Byron, Lismore Ballina and Tweed Shires.

Farming the Sun has negotiated this collaboration with Nickel Energy given their substantial demonstrated track record. Nickel are a well respected, locally-owned-and-operated business (see testimonials), and importantly, have the capacity to work at the scale of a community bulk-buy program.

Nickel Energy started in 2008 with a simple vision ~ to power local communities with clean and renewable energy. With more than 9MW of solar installations to date, and many more ahead, Nickel is a trusted, reliable and experienced local solar provider with a very low service call out rate of 0.33% (that’s just 3.3 call outs for every 1,000 systems installed).

As a community and sustainability enterprise, it is important for us to only use high quality and long-lasting technologies.

Two brands of solar panels are available for this bulk-buy (Opal and Phono). Both are Tier 1 products (top 2% in regards to quality); come with 25 year performance warranties; and can be paired with a variety of inverters ~ all of which can be coupled with batteries.

The range of panel-inverter combinations are all quality systems which cater to different budgets. The principal differences between the systems are the place of manufacture, output per square metre and technological innovations such as split cells which offer higher performance.

Nickel Energy have negotiated substantial bulk-buy discounts of 20% lower than regular retail prices for these high quality solar power systems.

“Our goal is to install 3 MW of solar power for 1% of residences across the greater Northern Rivers region of NSW, including Ballina, Tweed, Byron, Casino, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Lismore regions.”

Adam Blakester, Project Director


Click HERE to register your interest.

Find out more by downloading product information sheets below.

There are three choices of inverter for different situations. All three inverters are high quality and battery ready. For battery-enabled solar systems the preference is for SolaX Hybrid inverters. Fronius are offering 10 year warranties and SolaX offer a 5 year warranty with an optional five year extension.

Solar panels

Phono Solar is a Chinese company that produces tier one solar panels with a 10 year product warranties and 25 year performance warranties. In addition, Phono will extend the product warranty to 12 years if the panels are registered with them. They are certified as corrosion resistant and so are suitable for installation by the sea.

Phono Solar panels have performed very well in DVN GL tests, coming second overall in an extensive round of tests completed in 2016, see here. DNV GL is, among other things, an international certification body and they perform independent tests of solar panels.


PV-ezRack SolarRoof will be used for mounting and has a 10 year warranty ~ DATASHEET

In addition, Nickel Energy provides an installation warranty of seven years.


Nickel can also install Reposit with your battery storage system. Reposit has the capacity to hugely improve how efficiently you use your solar or batteries and significantly reduce the payback on solar battery systems.

Reposit is a clever package of Australian designed and assembled hardware and software that monitors: your energy usage; your solar system; and the tariffs being charged by electricity network to retailers (which constantly vary). Once installed there are no ongoing costs.

Find out which batteries and inverters are compatible with Reposit here, and more about how it works here.

The prices for Reposit are:

  • Single phase $899
  • Three phase $1150

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Block#3 bulk-buy packages, pricing and discounts

Download Price List HERE

Trina 295W and LG 330W premium panels available on request.

Retail and Bulk buy prices include GST and the STC discount.

Prices subject to foreign exchange rate for the AUD to USD being above 78 cents at the time of order.

Small Scale Technology certificates (STC) being at or above $28 at time of installation.

Metering to be charged separately:

  • Single phase net meter $400
  • Three phase net meter $690

Batteries $POA

  • LG Resu 6.4kWh Gen 1 Lithium ion battery with installation (not including inverter)
  • LG Resu 6.5kWh Gen 2 Lithium ion battery with installation (not including inverter)
  • LG Resu 9.8kWh Gen 2 Lithium ion battery with installation (not including inverter)
  • Sonnen Lithium ion phosphate
  • TESLA Lithion ion battery (subject to availability)
  • Enphase Lithium ion phosphate

2. Inspection, Assessment & Quotation

3. 10% deposit

If you choose to proceed, a 10% deposit is required (paid to Nickel Energy) to secure your place in the bulk-buy.

4. Block of 20 orders achieved

Each ‘block’ of the bulk-buy is 20 orders. When this is achieved you will be invoiced a 40% instalment for the equipment (and is payable prior to installation).

5. Installation!

We anticipate that all 20 installations will be completed within 4 to 6 weeks of the bulk-purchase.

6. Final Invoice

Your final invoice payment (i.e. less your deposit and instalment), and solar rebate (STCs) form, are to be completed and paid on the day of installation.

Register your interest in the Northern Rivers Solar Bulk-Buy.

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