The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy is a community solar bulk-buy that aims to make it easier for households and businesses to go solar with an option they can trust. Local community groups benefit too, with already over $30,000 donated in free solar to community groups and a school in the Hepburn Shire.
The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy started on the 16th of April 2018 and it will continue into 2020, with an exciting target of ‘200 in 2020’ – i.e. 200 installations in 2020.
The organising team is from the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), the not-for-profit organisation that in April 2018 took over the ownership and management of the MASH and Hepburn Community Solar Bulk-Buys from the Hub Foundation. Learn more
The MASH community solar bulk-buy, which started in mid 2014, now has over 950 solar rooftops on homes, businesses and schools mostly in the Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and Hepburn shires, as well as Bendigo.
Now that MASH is under the umbrella of CVGA, the scope for extending the reach of this successful bulk-buy program to other regions in central and northern Victoria is greater than ever before.
CVGA is proud to have Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind and Zero-Net Hepburn Shire as partners for the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy.
“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.”
Partners and supporters
The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy 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.
Are the organisers making any money out of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy?
The non-profit Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance 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.