60% Off Solar Launched Fourth Wave Of Farming The Sun

60% off $olar Launched – Fourth Wave of Farming the Sun

Around one hundred interested members of the community, local businesses and farms attended a series of four Community Information Sessions about the launch and availability of highly affordable 60% off solar energy packages under the fourth wave of the “Farming the Sun” community enterprise, coordinated by the New England Sustainability Strategy (NESS).

“We have been amazed by the interest in renewable energy and sustainability shown by the New England community” said Adam Blakester, Convenor of NESS. “In the last eighteen months there has been a massive take-up of solar technology, more than quadrupling the amount of installed grid connected solar power plus much greater numbers of solar hot water systems being installed.”

The Community Information Sessions provided a wide range of information about sustainability, solar power, sustainable hot water and sustainable homes. Presentations were made by the New England Sustainability Strategy, Sustainable Living Armidale, GJ Gardiner Homes, AusEnergy and John Davidson from Eulalia about his innovative solar power farm with sun-tracking systems.

“The savings available through the community enterprise are significant” continued Blakester. “Combined solar packages of power and hot water are currently available at 60% below regular retail after taking account of the community discounts and numerous other incentives available. Plus fully subsidised sustainable home assessments are still available free of charge.”

In addition to these compelling financial incentives available, community members learnt about some of the more serious issues driving the shift to sustainability – the mandatory phase out of electric hot water systems, dramatic forecast rises in electricity prices and the negative economic, social and environmental impact of New South Wales' coal-based electricity system.

Farming the Sun is a for purpose community enterprise working to create a vision of the New England
being a Solar Region through the large scale take up of affordable solar systems across the whole of the community. The affordability of the solar systems is achieved in part through use of word of mouth marketing and no spending on advertising. The costs of the Community Information Sessions were fully covered by the generous sponsorship of New England Mutual, Southern New England Landcare, AusEnergy, GJ Gardner Homes and Endless-Solar.

All residents, businesses and farms in the New England Region of Armidale, Guyra, Walcha and Uralla are eligible to access the benefits through the Farming the Sun community enterprise. Terms and conditions apply, including those applicable to the various government and other incentives available.

For full details about Farming the Sun 60% off solar power, solar hot water and home sustainability assessments contact Liz Gardiner, Regional Coordinator, on 6778-7249 or go to www.ness.wikidot.com.

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