Get the lowdown on what customers think of being part of the most recent round of the MASH community solar bulk-buy which is the sister bulk-buy to the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy and organised by the same not for profit organisation, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance. The solar supplier for this round of the Hepburn Bulk-Buy is Energy Matters, who were selected through a competitive public tender process overseen by the Alternative Technology Association.
Read what these customers think of Energy Matters – and why they choose to purchase their system through our community solar bulk-buy.
Bev and John Tozer, Castlemaine
Why they decided to install not just solar – but also a Tesla Powerwall 2 home battery system
“We like that the Tesla Powerwall 2 provides blackout protection. So if the grid goes down, say during a heatwave, we’ll still be able to have the aircon on.
“Part of our implementation strategy includes exploring opportunities to reduce our significant winter gas consumption on central heating across to existing reverse cycle air conditioning and adding a couple of electric panel heaters.
“I crunched the numbers and reckon that we’ll probably recover our costs within about eight years at current prices. And that will be quicker if electricity prices go up which I’m pretty sure they will. We have not factored selling back into the grid into the financial equation at this stage as it takes some time for the electricity retailers to organise, but we note that our battery is often “full’ by midday. Once linked in, this will allow us to at least partly offset the ongoing daily connect fee to the grid.
“One of our friends who’s involved in the Mt Alexander Sustainability Group referred us to MASH. We are very happy with the installation. Morgan Kurrajong and his team were very helpful and did a professional job. They spent time at the end showing us how the Tesla Powerwall app works so I rapidly got a handle on understanding the energy flows between the solar, the battery, home consumption and the grid. I have to admit that I’m finding it fascinating! I’m getting a really clear idea of how power is being used in our home and how the battery is contributing towards our energy requirements. It is surprising how quickly the battery recharges, even on cloudy days. So far we have not drawn on the grid for any electricity.”
• Tesla Powerwall 2 battery
• Solis inverter
• 6.095kW JA Solar panels
Cheryl Parsons, MASH customer, Castlemaine
I was confident that MASH had done the legwork. And I was right. It turned out to be very easy.
I’ve recently retired and I’m now on a set monthly income. I wanted solar to protect myself from future bill increases and to do my bit for the planet. I went big – with 37 panels – just under 10kW. I really wanted the full 10kW with 38 panels, but there just wasn’t room on my roof!
My home is all electric except for instant gas bottled hot water. I have slab heating which uses a lot of electricity in winter. Because I’m home a lot now, I try to use as much power as possible during the day to make the most of my solar.
I purposely went with MASH because I didn’t want the drama of getting three quotes. I was confident that MASH had done the legwork. And I was right. It turned out to be very easy.
The MASH solar supplier, Energy Matters, was great. They made sure everything went to plan. And it was nice to have a local company – Universal Power and Light – doing the installation. Morgan Kurrajong, the installer, did a great job – it was all so smooth and easy.
Cam Robbins, MASH customer, Castlemaine
The MASH info meeting at Castlemaine and was impressive. I could see that their research on components was very solid.
The MASH team installed a week early – and it took them only two and a half hours. Really impressive work.
“I had solar on my Melbourne home. When we moved to this property in Castlemaine, which is both our home and my art studio, I wanted to power the operation with solar. I have used solar power systems in my artworks to study the energy dynamics. It’s such a reliable and strong technology. Earth science is very clear that in order to maintain a reasonable environment, we must reduce our carbon emissions.
The MASH info meeting at Castlemaine and was impressive. I could see that their research on components was very solid. I decided to invest in as a large a system as I could afford. I think in the future, decentralisation of power will become very important. With the large amount of sunshine in Central Victoria, the MASH system will be producing a lot of power very quickly.
The installation was smooth. The MASH team installed a week early – and it took them only two and a half hours. Really impressive work.
Kerrie and Russell West,
MASH Customer, Castlemaine
We like MASH because we’re confident that they have done the homework for us and researched the market properly.
Before solar our electricity bills were around $130 a month and now they’re less than half that.
“We’ve just moved from Melbourne to Castlemaine. Top of our list was to go solar so we could reduce our carbon footprint and cut our bills.
“Working out which solar company and panels to buy was really confusing. We like MASH because we’re confident that they have done the homework for us and researched the market properly. Also, we feel that there’s safety in numbers and MASH certainly has the scores on the board. The community aspect of MASH is also a great thing – how they-‘put back’ into our local community with free solar for schools and community groups.
“We went with a 5kW system even though most of the time there’s only two of us here. That’s because we’d like to move the house to all-electric over time and with a bigger system, we’re all set to install a battery when the prices come down a bit.
“We had the system installed just over 3 months ago. Already we’ve noticed a big difference in our electricity bills. They were around $130 a month and now they’re less than half that.
“Basically, we reckon that if you’re going to do a tree change you might as well do it properly!”
MASH customer, Harcourt
My main reason for going solar is to be as “green” as possible. Solar energy is such a plentiful resource, the harvesting of which has no adverse impact on anything. For me, it’s not about the money. I’d like to use much fewer non-renewable resources to minimise my environmental footprint.
My reasons for choosing MASH are:
• The economies of scale just make sense for everyone
• I love the idea of being able to contribute to solar power for schools and community organisations that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it
• Energy Matters – in fact, the same crew! – had installed a solar system at my previous house, and I found them responsible, efficient and friendly to deal with