The Bendigo Sustainability Group have launched a crowdfunding campaign to install 30kW of community solar PV at two sites.
Bendigo Sustainability Group
The Bendigo Sustainability Group are hoping to raise funds to install 100 solar panels for the Eaglehawk Badminton and Table Tennis Stadium – which costs around $30,000. So far they have 73 panels fully funded. The Community Housing Victoria appeal is for the same amount of panels but is struggling a little bit to reach its target – with around 50 panels currently funded. The fundraising round will close on July 31 so hopefully they can get a big push for the last week of donations and end up with both projects fully funded.
The BSG are hoping to install a solar PV system on the roof of 8 Community Housing Limited Units in Golden Square, with an aim to reduce electricity bills by around $300 per year for each resident. It’s admittedly a small project, but a great boost for low-income solar in Australia as we hopefully see other councils and communities try to make solar more affordable/feasible for low-income earners.
Eaglehawk Badminton and Table Tennis Stadium
BSG are hoping to install a solar PV system on the roof of the stadium to significantly reduce electricity costs to both tenants. These facilities are Olympic standard and making them cheaper to run will be a huge benefit to both the badminton and table tennis communities.
Bendigo Sustainability Group spokesperson Chris Corr said that the final size of the solar systems will depend on donations and they may have to install smaller solar systems depending on the success of the fundraising. Bendigo have already fully funded four other council solar installations:
- Bendigo Archive Centre – 30kW (2017)
- Bendigo Tramways Depot – 50kW (2017)
- Bendigo Discovery Centre – 11kW (2016)
- Bendigo Library – 20kW (2015)
Those wanting to help support the Bendigo Sustainability Group should call them on on 5443 5244 or click here to visit the project summary.
All donations for these projects are tax deductible through the Bendigo Sustainability Group’s Sustain Bendigo Fund. The Sustain Bendigo Fund (ABN 92 157 965 158) is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as an Income Tax Exempt Charity (ITEC) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
Thanks to Ray Nichol for donating $300 to the solar on the Eaglehawk Badminton & Table Tennis Stadium project pic.twitter.com/tCuT803yyT
— Bendigo Sust Group (@BendigoSustGrp) July 3, 2018