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 should the target of 200 new solar rooftops be achieved by the end of 2018.
The organising team is from the Hub Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation behind the MASH community solar bulk-buy -buy that originated in Castlemaine and has since spread across central Victoria with almost 900 solar rooftops on homes, businesses and schools.
The Hub Foundation 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 not-for-profit organisation behind the bulk-buy – The Hub Foundation – 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 should the bulk-buy achieve its target of 200 new solar rooftops in 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 Hub Foundation 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… Another 200 solar rooftops for Hepburn Shire!
“Currently, 19 percent of homes in Hepburn Shire have solar PV”, said Jo Kaptein, Executive Officer at The Hub Foundation. “Our aim is to increase this to 22 percent with another 200 solar rooftops installed by the end of December 2018. If we achieve this goal, 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 will offer 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 under the MASH project. Larger solar PV systems – up to 99kW in size – for businesses, schools and other organisations are also available through the bulk-buy.
Partners and supporters
The MASH 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.
Is the Hub Foundation making any money out of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy?
The non-profit Hub Foundation 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. The directors of the company receive no remuneration.