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Council welcomes the MASH community solar bulk-buy in our Shire. Over 150 residents in Macedon Ranges have chosen to install a MASH system since November 2015. The program has been well-proven for its quality and value. It also delivers a tangible benefit to our community in the form of free solar systems for community run buildings for every 100 homes installed. We encourage residents interested in solar, including battery storage, to take a look.Cr. Graham Hackett
Electricity is very expensive – everything here, the machinery and so on, runs on electricity. The bills keep going up and up and up, so we wanted to slow it down. We've also put panels on our home.
It’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? Put the panels on and start saving money.
Woodend architect, Brad Hooper, is using his family home as a case study of how to transform a typical 1970s brick veneer into a comfortable home with a low carbon footprint – and MASH is part of the solution.
Brad had a list of priorities and for a long time solar was quite low down on it. But then he got a few larger electricity bills and that changed his mind.
“One bill was for $440 for only 2 months. We aren’t heavy electricity users; there are just two of us at home now. We don’t have electric heating but we do have e....Read More...
When we were ready to get solar installed we started to look around. Lots of solar companies called us. They were mostly nice and helpful but we were unable to distinguish between them.
Then we heard about MASH through the local newspaper. We liked the fact that MASH is a community effort and is not-for-profit; it sounded genuine with good principles and we trusted that the Hub Foundation, the organisation behind the MASH project, had done the homework.
Because our home is so energy efficient – and we are a 2-person hous....Read More...
For me, ‘going solar’ was really about what kind of world we are leaving to our children and grandchildren.
Our annual electricity bill was just under $1,400 and by installing a 3Kw system with MASH, we hope to save about $1,000 off that each year.
MASH encourages the use of green energy at a local level and it’s affordable. I am installing a 5Kw system with MASH for our 2 person household because I believe in creating green energy for our community – and I want a power station on top of my house!
We try to be a little bit community minded. I don’t know if MASH was dearer or cheaper – I didn’t go into that sort of research.
I have no doubt I could have bought a cheaper system, but we bought the premium – because I only ever want to buy it once. It’s one of the advantages of waiting for a while is that we could afford to get it done right.
A huge thank you to you and the other wonderful people behind MASH.
I wouldn’t have had the confidence - or time - to learn about how to install any solar system without your organisation’s support. You guys really made it possible.
Thank you for following through on such a great vision.
All the environmental issues can sometimes feel overwhelming. Putting solar on my roof is something practical I can do, that helps.
The new MASH system on our family home in Riddells Creek cost just over $7,000 for 5Kw and features a top quality European inverter and high performance panels. It is amazing how far solar prices have dropped and how the quality has improved.
Our electricity bills are around $3,200 annually. With the MASH installation, they are estimated to reduce by around $1,450 each year. That’s a payback of about 5 years, a decent return I reckon.
What's more, with this MASH system we are reducing our family's greenhouse gas emissions ....Read More...
Richard Polak and his family recently had a 3.12kW solar system installed at their home in New Gisborne.
Mr. Polak said one of the reasons they decided to go solar was to reduce the family’s energy bills, “Our electricity bills are around $400-500 per quarter – running things like TVs, lighting and electric hot water and an evaporative cooling system.”
“My partner and I are working a lot more from home so our power usage is increasing. Having solar will cut our electricity bills as we are using a lot of power during the d....Read More...
We're thrilled to have one of the MASH community bonus systems. Our 2Kw MASH system has only been on a few weeks, but even having the panels on the roof has helped to insulate our roof and makes our living room cooler. And we're rapt to know that our bill savings should be around $700 each year - that's going to make a difference!
We just bought a little portable air conditioner because we've now got solar. We put it on yesterday and it was terrific to be able to run it for free and keep cool.
Morgan Kurrajong and his crew....Read More...
Linnet Good and Dev Mukherjee are renting a 3 bedroom property in central Castlemaine. Dev commutes to Melbourne on weekdays and Linnet works as a copywriter from home. Everything in the house runs on electricity including their heating, hot water, cooking and cooling.
We’ve always been careful with our electricity use and turn off everything when we aren’t around, says Linnet. Despite this our electricity bills were high at around $2,640 per year. This was mainly because everything runs off electricity. But also the house is....Read More...
“I’m going on a pension soon and I need to make sure that we have a sustainable way of life into retirement”, said new MASH customer, Lidia Weil at her family home in Campbells Creek.
“Right now my daughter and her two young children are living with us. We use a lot of daytime power. My plan with the MASH solar system was to go a bit bigger than what we need right now, and over time, to move some of the gas services – like some heating – over to electric to cut our overall power costs. We want be very independent in the comin....Read More...
The installation went very smoothly despite patches of rain. Morgan was just wonderful to deal with. He explained everything thoroughly and made extra efforts to fit in with my availability. The two young me assisting Morgan were fantastic too. The whole experience was a very positive one for me and I can't praise everyone involved highly.
I believe every roof in Australia should have solar panels. That's why I put on a 3Kw solar panel system.
We put a 5kW solar system on our coach house with MASH. We were really delighted with how MASH has organised everything and how smoothly it has gone. Well done MASH!
“I heard about the MASH solar bulk-buy at a climate change meeting in Bendigo. I looked into it and thought it looked good. I like that it is a grassroots community initiative to do something about cutting CO2 emissions", said Heather Stebbing, a MASH customer in Flora Hill, Bendigo.
“I went with a system that is bigger than I need right now because eventually I want to have batteries. So putting on 20 panels was a bit about future proofing and also a bit about putting green power back into the grid. It also feels good to kno....Read More...
With gas being so expensive, we want to ‘de-gas' our home over time. Our new MASH2 3Kw system is a great step towards this goal.
We were number one [MASH] household off the ranks, the first installation in MASH Round One in early 2015. We installed 16 solar panels and the high quality 4Kw system provided, linked to the grid.
"Now after nearly 12 months we are seeing the patterns of significant savingss on our power bills and enjoy the 'feel good' of knowing that we regularly feed clean power onto the grid...
We would like to endorse the benefits of participating in a locally run scheme which is really well co-ordinated by the not-for-profit Hub Foundati....Read More...
I just think it’s the right thing to do. The community gets something out of it as well in the end, putting solar on organisations that perhaps wouldn’t be able to do it themselves.
I think it’s a good all round program. It’s one thing the community can do to say to the government, well, regardless of what you do, this is the way that it’s going to go.
It was really clear that MASH was offering a premium product for less than you would pay somewhere else.
We loved that it was a local installer and we found the process really easy and friendly. We also loved that MASH is a local organisation that is championing such an important issue.
We're really happy to be part of the success of MASH and looking forward to seeing round 3 being even more successful.
“The key thing for us was finding a supplier we were confident had the expertise and technical skills to design and install a system that would meet our needs”, said Paul. “We were attracted to the idea of being part of MASH because of the community aspect and the focus on CO2 emissions reduction. But what got us over the line was that Tony Smith at MASH’s supplier, Sunergy, really impressed us. He has the qualifications and experience in off-grid systems that we needed.”
The new system on the shed comprises of twenty JA S....Read More...
The installation went very smoothly, it looks great and we’re rapt that we’ve finally managed to go solar.
We thought for a long time that we couldn't have solar due to the shading on our roof. But then MASH came along and we heard about the new technology that helps to minimise the impact of shading on panel performance. So we thought 'great' and got on board.
And we're glad we did. Our electricity bill is about 25% lower since we had the panels installed. Plus we are doing what we can to make our beautiful 1850s home ....Read More...
It is important to us that MASH is a community project and that the community can benefit from it. We went to one of the MASH community meetings and made up our minds then and there to go ahead.
Our first reason for going solar was ethical as we don’t want fossil fuel industry to be running for too much longer.
MASH organising the bulk-buy brought us over the line. That’s because MASH is reasonably priced and simplified the process. We haven’t had to worry about anything; it’s all gone smoothly. We like MASH because it is local and we know the people behind it.
Before our solar, we used to rely on our wood heater to keep warm. Now with solar we run our split system for heating and cooling whenever we need and i....Read More...