The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy is a community solar bulk-buy that aims to make it easier for households and businesses to go solar – and add batteries – with an option they can trust. Local community groups stand to benefit too, as the project aims to donate up to $20,000 in free solar when the target of 800 kilowatts of solar installed is reached.
The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy started on the 16th of April 2018 and it will continue into 2019.
The organising team is from the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), the not-for-profit organisation that in April 2018 took over the ownership and management of the MASH and Hepburn Community Solar Bulk-Buys from the Hub Foundation. Learn more
The MASH community solar bulk-buy, which started in mid 2014, now has over 950 solar rooftops on homes, businesses and schools mostly in the Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and Hepburn shires, as well as Bendigo.
Now that MASH is under the umbrella of CVGA, the scope for extending the reach of this successful bulk-buy program to other regions in central and northern Victoria is greater than ever before.
CVGA is proud to have Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind and Zero-Net Hepburn Shire as partners for the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy.
Hepburn Shire Council
“Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to be a partner of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy program. We are confident that the MASH organising team (which is now part of Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance) has done its homework thoroughly by going through a full public tender process to find the best possible solar suppliers with the best possible solar and battery systems. We believe that this bulk-buy provides households and businesses in the Shire with high quality solar and battery systems that represent good value for money. There’s also a win/win for the community, with up to $20,000 in free solar for community groups when the bulk-buy achieve its target of 800kW of solar installed Hepburn Shire. We know that the bulk-buy will support local jobs. Any CEC Accredited local installers in the Shire are urged to get in touch with the MASH team if they would like to be involved as a sub-contractor carrying out installations for this bulk-buy program.”
– Mayor, Cr John Cottrell, Hepburn Shire Council
“We are proud to partner with MASH to grow residential solar in 2018”, said Taryn Lane, Manager, Hepburn Wind. “For our Shire to reach zero-net energy in the next couple of years we need as many households as possible to go solar. 19% of homes have already switched to solar and we hope that through this partnership we will become one of the leading Shires in 2018.”
Let’s do it… 800 kilowatts more solar for Hepburn Shire!
Currently, 19 percent of homes in Hepburn Shire have solar PV”, said Jo Kaptein, Program Lead of the MASH and Hepburn Community Solar Bulk-Buys. Our aim is to increase this to 22 percent with another 150-200 solar rooftops installed. If we achieve our target of 800 kilowatts of solar installed, we’ll also be able to donate $20,000 in free solar to community groups – as well as cut CO2 emissions by 1,100 tonnes annually, equal to 230 fewer cars on the road each year.
Solar supplier, Energy Matters
The solar supplier for the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy selected through public tender is Energy Matters , a Clean Energy Council Accredited Solar Retailer. Local CEC Accredited Solar Installers in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding areas who would like to install systems for this bulk-buy working under contract to Energy Matters are encouraged to get in touch with the Energy Matters team by emailing the installations manager at Varun.Shetty@energymatters.com.au
The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy offers grid-connect solar PV systems and the Tesla Powerwall 2 grid-connect battery storage system. Household systems start in size from 2kW, with 5kW being the most commonly installed system at the moment. Larger solar PV systems – up to 99kW in size – for businesses, schools and other organisations are also available through our bulk-buy.
Partners and supporters
The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy team would like to acknowledge the support of Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind and Zero-Net Hepburn Shire as partners for this bulk-buy. Also, we are pleased to have SHARE, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick, Clunes Sustainability Group and Powershop as supporters.
Are the organisers making any money out of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy?
The non-profit Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance receives a small commission on each installation in order to make a contribution towards the costs of marketing and administration of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy project.