Haystacks solar garden information evening

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Inner West residents are invited to be part of Australia’s first large scale solar garden.

Solar gardens are offsite solar arrays in which consumers can purchase a “solar plot”, with the electricity generated credited to their power bills.

Council is supporting the Haystacks Solar Garden initiative, which will be a one megawatt solar farm in the NSW Riverina Region.

Three kW ‘solar plots’ will be available to 333 ‘solar gardeners’ with a credit to home electricity bills.

The benefit of a solar garden is that any energy customer can participate in and benefit from solar energy without putting panels on their roof.

“So residents currently locked out of owning solar - through being a renter or living in an apartment – can now have the chance to share in the benefits of solar,” said Councillor Anna York, who will take part in an upcoming information evening for Inner West residents.

“We’ve done this because we know that 40% of our residents live in rental properties and 44% of Inner West homes are apartments.

“This is another example of Inner West Council aiming to be a national leader in renewable energy.

“Connecting Inner West residents with the solar garden is an exciting opportunity to break down solar barriers.

“It joins a range of climate initiatives by Council, including an innovative agreement to buy energy from the Moree Solar Farm, a fast-tracked energy-efficient streetlight program, and a record 100% level of divestment from fossil fuel investments,” Councillor York said.

An online information session run by the Community Power Agency for Inner West residents is on Wednesday 9 September, 5.30-6.30pm.

To find out more, go to Council’s What’s On.

The Haystacks Solar Garden is supported by a grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Community Energy Fund.

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or Elizabeth.Heath@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


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