Master Plumbers To Host Community Information Session

Master Plumbers to host Community Information Session

The New England community are invited to attend a free information and education evening being hosted by the Master Plumbers' and Mechanical Services Association of Australia as part of the Solar New England Region Project (SNERPy).

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The Master Plumbers have agreed to host the community information and education evening while they are in Armidale to train and accredit the plumbers who will be installing the first 'cluster' of 50 solar hot water systems to residents who have signed up for the highly affordable SNERPy solar hot water offer. The community information session will include information greening up your home options – like solar hot water, water saving and energy efficiency – in ways that also save money.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for the community to come and find out more about solar hot water and other easy ways to be green and save money,” says Adam Blakester, Convenor of the New England Sustainability Strategy which coordinates SNERPy. “The Master Plumbers are Australia's largest plumbing industry association their willingness to host this free information session for the community is a very valuable addition to the Solar Region Project.”

The highly successful Solar New England Region Project commenced in December 2008 to deliver highly affordable solar technologies to the community on a large scale. The Project is the first major initiative of the New England Sustainability Strategy and has a goal of installing 800 solar systems across the Region.

“The community response to SNERPy has been phenomenal,” added Blakester. “We have now confirmed the first cluster of 50 solar hot water systems and installation will begin after the Master Plumbers train and accredit our local tradespeople.”

Residents, tradespeople and other interested persons are invited to attend the Master Plumbers Community Information Evening can RSVP by contacting Liz Gardiner on (02) 6778-7249 or moc.liamtoh|1renidragzil#moc.liamtoh|1renidragzil. The event is being held on Wednesday 10 June from 7pm at the Armidale Bowling Club.

The highly affordable pricing has been achieved using a 'community cluster' model: buying systems in bulk, partnering with regional networks and organisations such as the New England Credit Union, Southern New England Landcare and Talloires Declaration Committee, to form a comprehensive project team of expertise and promotion. Trained and accredited local tradespeople will handle all installations, keeping most of the 'green collar' work opportunities in the Region.

To date there have been nearly 250 applications for solar power and more than 130 applications for solar hot water – a total of nearly half the goal of 800 systems, or 1% of the residents of the New England Region, in just 6 months.

Residents can find out more about the Solar New England Region Project and the Super Solar Hot Water System at or call Liz Gardiner, Regional Coordinator, on (02) 6778-7249.

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