MASH – the campaign for More Australian Solar Homes – is a highly successful community solar bulk-buy for homes and businesses in Central Victoria. Over 900 households in the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shires – plus a growing number of businesses, schools and other organisations – have gone solar with MASH since we started installations in September 2014. It is organised by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, a non-profit organisation based in Castlemaine that works across Central and Northern Victoria to support local government with climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. MASH is recognised as one of Australia’s leading examples of a successful community solar bulk-buy.
MASH helps make solar simple
The MASH bulk-buy offers high quality solar PV systems and batteries, backed by solid warranties and installed according to best practice industry standards. It also provides great value, with lower prices negotiated as part of the bulk-buy. What’s more, there’s a ‘give back’ to the community in the form of free solar for a community group, kinder or school in the region – typically around 5kW for each 100 solar rooftops installed.
MASH: Benefits to residents, communities and the environment
The level of interest and uptake for solar through MASH continues to astonish. Householders in particular seem to really ‘get’ what MASH stands for – i.e. a way of buying a high quality/good value solar system from a trusted source, where there’s also a ‘give back’ to the local community in the form of free solar.
Here is what MASH has achieved since September 2014, when the first installations took place:
- Over 900 new solar rooftops
- Over 4MW of installed solar power capacity
- $640,000 per year off residents’ electricity bills (approx)
- 5,000 tonnes CO2 emissions cut annually (equivalent to around 940 cars off the road)
- Six free solar systems (over 20kW) donated to schools and buildings used by community groups
- High levels of customer satisfaction.
Supported by Local Councils and Local Sustainability Groups
“Council is pleased to support MASH, the community solar bulk-buy for residents in our Shire.”
"Hepburn Shire Council strongly supports transitioning away from fossil fuels, both within our own operations and in the broader community.
As part of this transition towards 100% renewable energy, Council strongly encourages initiatives like the new Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy. It is organised by the MASH team, who are responsible for the hugely successful community solar bulk-buy which started in Castlemaine. This 'totally Hepburn Shire' version of the MASH bulk-buy model will offer households and businesses high quality solar PV systems and home batteries from a trusted source - as well as delivering a real bonus to our community in the form of free solar for community groups
“We are proud to partner with MASH to grow residential solar in 2018. 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.”
Council is pleased to be a partner of the MASH solar bulk-buy in the City of Greater Bendigo. We commend MASH to residents as it already has a track record of delivering high quality systems at competitive prices.
Solar can help cut your power bills and, with MASH, there is a strong community benefit too – a free community solar system for every 100 Bendigo homes installed.
Council has supported the MASH solar bulk-buy initiative since it started in 2014. More than 300 shire residents have already chosen to go solar with MASH.
We commend this program for its quality and value, as well as the wider benefits it delivers to our community and the environment.
Council welcomes the MASH community solar bulk-buy in our Shire. Over 200 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.
The uptake of MASH2 by households in Macedon Ranges was tremendous. We are pleased to continue our support of MASH as it enters this third exciting round which includes high quality battery storage at bulk-buy prices.
We encourage anyone interested in going solar – from a brand new system to adding storage to your existing array – to consider MASH3. The program is delivering tangible benefits for the people of the Macedon Ranges, our community and the environment
MASG is pleased to continue its support for the MASH solar bulk-buy as it enters its third round. MASH has proven to deliver high quality solar PV systems at competitive prices and has been responsible for a marked cut in CO2 emissions.
We recommend that anyone looking to go solar – or add battery storage to their existing system – considers what MASH3 has to offer.
Is the CVGA (the organiser of MASH) making any money out of bulk-buy?
The non-profit Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) receives a small commission on each installation in order to make a contribution towards the costs of marketing and administration of the MASH project.