In partnership with Central Goldfields Shire Council
“Central Goldfields Shire Council is pleased to be a partner of the MASH community solar bulk-buy. MASH is owned by the not-for-profit Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance which works with councils – including ours – to encourage the switch to renewable energy. MASH will also give back to the Central Goldfields Shire community in the form of free solar for community buildings and schools. If you are thinking solar, take a look at what MASH offers.” – Noel Harvey, Chief Administrator, Central Goldfields Shire Council
Central Goldfields Shire Supports Solar Bulk-Buy
Council and community group representatives gathered outside council offices to launch the MASH Community Solar Bulk-Buy in Central Goldfields on Friday 13 November 2020. Full story.
“Our Shire already has a lot of solar but there’s definitely room for more. As a Council, we’re keen to encourage more homes, businesses and farms to ‘go solar’ and we believe that MASH has a good offering.” – Noel Harvey, Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator
MASH (More Australian Solar Homes) is a solar bulk-buy that makes it easier and more affordable for households and businesses to install a solar power system in order to cut their electricity bills and CO2 emissions. Established in 2014, MASH has helped over 1,500 people get solar panels installed on their home, business or school, reducing electricity bills by over $1M a year and lowering emissions by around 9,000 tonnes annually. Through the MASH community bonus, we raise money to install free solar on buildings used by community groups and schools in the areas where we work – so far over $100,000 in free solar has been installed through the program. MASH is owned by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation which supports councils across central and north western Victoria – including Loddon Shire Council – with initiatives that encourage the switch to renewable energy.
MASH in Central Goldfields Shire
As of October 2020, 28% of households in Central Goldfields Shire have solar panels. This is just above the Australian average of 27%. Central Goldfields Shire Council, as a member of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, has invited MASH into the Shire in order to further encourage the uptake of solar on homes, businesses and farms. Through the MASH bulk-buy, the aim is to install at least another 100 solar rooftops in the coming 12 months, increasing the percentage of solar homes in the Shire to 30% (this would bring the total to around 2,030). If this is achieved, we will have raised around $4,600 – enough to cover the cost of 4.29kW solar power system – which which we will donate to a not-for-profit community group or school in Central Goldfields Shire.
|Number of Sales||Kilowatts||Community Bonus||CO2 Emissions Savings/yr|
|Target – by Nov 2021||100||430||$4,600||610 tonnes|
|Actual – at Nov 2020||0||0||$0||0|
MASH: Benefits for Businesses
- Any size solar system, from 2kW to 100kW+
- Electricity bill analysis
- Solar quote including payback
- Access to low cost finance
- Advanced solar monitoring
- 1% of revenue from solar installs in Central Goldfields Shire will be placed into a community fund.
- When the target amount of $4,600 is raised, local community groups and schools in the Shire will be invited to apply for a free solar system
MASH took out the need of us having to do the homework, something we weren’t that keen to do as we aren’t solar experts and don’t intend to be! The process was very simple and we are delighted with the installation.”Linda and Roy Pickering, Carisbrook
Solar Power Prices
With falling prices for solar panels & inverters plus attractive rebates from the State and Federal Government, the upfront costs for ‘going solar’ have never looked so good. Check them out here
About the MASH solar supplier
Appointed through a competitive tender process, Specialized Solar is the MASH solar retailer for the Central Goldfields Shire. A Clean Energy Council (CEC) Accredited Solar Retailer and a Smart Energy Council member, Specialized Solar is one of the top 150 Victorian solar providers by volume. With dedicated sales and administration staff at offices in Melbourne and across regional Victoria, Specialized Solar has a proven track record for excellent customer service and high quality solar installations.
Specialized Solar is committed to working with local CEC Accredited Solar Installers where possible, so if this is you, please get in touch on 03 9117 6185 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if your business could be involved as a subcontractor for the MASH solar bulk-buy under Specialized Solar.
Learn more and request a quote
For an obligation-free quote, complete the online form – or call the MASH team on 1300 466 274. David on the MASH 1300 number can have a chat to you about your requirements (in general) and take your details and pass them to Specialized Solar. The team at Specialized Solar will then call you back within a couple of days and provide you with a quote (please have a copy of a recent electricity bill to hand).
Steps to Going Solar
If you’d like to learn more about the ‘Steps to Going Solar’ with Specialized Solar, click on this link – it describes what happens from when you request a quote all the way through to installation.
Worth noting is that your deposit is FULLY REFUNDABLE.