Round Two Community Solar Initiative underway

The second round of the community solar PV initiative is underway with property inspections being completed across Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale this month.

More than 80 people registered for round two, which is designed to take all the hard work out of solar. The program identified a system and solar supplier that would provide value for money across the life of the system.

The Community Environment Alliance completed a public tender process in November 2016 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 for project participants 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.

The project is an initiative of the Community Environment Alliance. Round One was successfully delivered in 2015 and saw 43 solar systems installed on homes, businesses and community buildings that will generate a combined 200 megawatt hours of solar power every year. That’s the equivalent of supplying electricity to 45 homes in Victoria for 12 months.

The project was supported with funding from the Victorian Government and Borough of Queenscliffe.

More solar for Council

Meanwhile, solar PV systems totalling a combined 45 kilowatts were installed on Council’s office building and the Queenscliff Community Sports Club in 2016 as part of Council’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan.