Round Two Community Solar Initiative completed

The Community Environment Alliance is pleased to announce that the installation of solar systems purchased through Round Two of the Community Solar Initiative has been completed.

40 solar systems were installed across Round Two, and 43 were installed in Round One. The 83 solar systems installed across the entire Community Solar Initiative to date will generate a combined 369 megawatt hours of solar power annually and reduce the community’s carbon emissions by 369 tons each year. This is equivalent to supplying electricity to 80 homes in Victoria for 12 months or taking 101 cars off the road.

The Community Solar Initiative is a project of the Community Environment Alliance, a partnership of residents, schools, community groups and businesses working together to protect our environment and reduce carbon emissions. The Initiative was funded with the support of the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Victorian Government. Round One was successfully delivered in 2015.

The Initiative was designed to take the hard work out of solar by identifying a reliable system and a supplier who would provide value for money across the life of the system.

Following community demand, Round Two commenced in November 2016 with a public tender process inviting interested solar suppliers to submit quotations that met five criteria – price, quality, warranty, after-sales support, experience and reliability.

Eight submissions were received and were evaluated by the Alternative Technology Association, a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice on sustainability, including solar power, to homeowners, government and industry. The preferred supplier was selected in late December.

An information workshop was held in January 2017 to introduce the project’s preferred supplier, Radiant Energy Systems from Geelong. The workshop also featured presentations from the Alternative Technology Association, Powercor and Council.

Council congratulates the community for embracing the Community Solar Initiative. Your investment in renewables will provide ongoing benefits to our community and help to preserve our environment for generations.