Peach’s Torquay has expressed interest in installing a solar power system on the roof of its store to help power its large cool room and in-store refrigerators. Currently strapped for cash after a major rebuilding program, Peach’s is keen to explore a community owned solution. Further discussions will commence shortly.
Our first Southern CORE project was delivered November 2017. A $20,000 no-interest loan enabled Foster Pool Association to complete works to install a solar thermal heating system on the roof of a large, newly erected shelter at the pool. Heroic local fundraising efforts had raised most of what was required. The Fund’s final support helped the project over the line before the important summer swimming season. Warming the waters of this lovely outdoor pool, with its grassy shade areas and [...]
In 2017, the BSG in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo installed 30kW of solar on the Bendigo Regional Archive Centre, which will supply over 25% of the Centre’s electricity needs. The project was funded using a mixture of financial mechanisms including, a grant from Bank Australia, a loan, and the BSG’s own funds. Under the agreement between the City of Greater Bendigo and the BSG, the electricity generated by the solar system will be sold to the council [...]
Bendigo Sustainability Group was appointed project managers by a local charity organisation and Bendigo Tramways to project manage the installation of 50kW of solar on the Bendigo Tramways Depot. The Community Foundation bought the system and will sell the electricity to Bendigo Tramways as part of a 10-year power purchase agreement, after which the system will become the property of the tramways. Bendigo Sustainability Group provided project management services and will conduct online monitoring and report smart data about the new [...]
During 2016 BSG raised $17,000 by crowd funding for 11kW of solar on the Discovery Centre. The organisation raised over 50% more than the target. This has enabled the Discovery Centre to plan for a sophisticated educational information display so visitors can see how much solar is being generated.
In 2015 BSG was one of the first community organisations in Australia to use crowd funding to raise $25,000 to enable the successful installation of 20 kW of solar on the Bendigo Library. The project was unique and ground breaking as it enabled a ‘not-for-profit’ community organisation to own and ‘sell’ solar electricity generated by the solar system to the building host. The BSG entered into a 20 year power purchase agreement with the City Of Greater Bendigo Council to [...]
This project is using a crowd-sourced donation model to purchase and install solar panels on the roof of the school’s main building. The ensuing energy bill savings will be invested in inspiring and teaching students about living sustainably in the community. The school has worked closely with Surf Coast Energy Group and others to get the project off the ground. To date, $2,500 has been raised but there is still a way to go to meet the $20,500 target. Donations [...]
In April 2015 Geelong Sustainability in partnership with The People’s Solar launched the first ever community renewables crowd funding campaign in Geelong – to put solar panels on the roof of South Geelong Primary School. $12,000 was successfully raised and a 9.25KW solar PV system was installed in May 2016. The school is delighted! Learn more about the South Geelong Primary School Project here.