Solar savings for ECOSS

Udayan Bhanot from iEnergytech, Ric Butler from ECOSS and Yarra Ranges Council''s Julian Guess, with the solar panels on the roof behind. 189813 Picture: ROB CAREW

 Yarra Valley ECOSS is getting a $20,000 grant to install solar power.

The Wesburn centre is the latest recipient of Powershop’s Your Community Energy initiative.

Its solar installation is expected to save more than $4000 a year in power bills, which can be redirected into ongoing community initiatives and projects for the Yarra Valley community.

A clean solar energy solution will also reduce Yarra Valley ECOSS’ carbon emissions by about 25 tonnes per year, aligning with its ethos for a sustainable future.

Yarra Valley ECOSS president Ian Cuming was thrilled.

“We’re very happy with our new solar panels, installed just before Christmas,” he said.

“ECOSS is all about sustainable solutions and solar energy is one of many ways we can harness an affordable, sustainable and environmental alternative to traditional power generation.

“Hopefully our solar installation will be a great example for our community to follow.”

The system should generate enough power to offset daytime electricity use, with the excess exported to the grid to offset the cost of evening use.

Powershop CEO Ed McManus said it was fantastic to support passionate not-for-profits like Yarra Valley ECOSS.

“The savings achieved through this solar solution can result in the implementation of additional programs and initiatives to further support the environment and promote sustainability through community education,” he said.

“To date, Powershop customers have raised about half a million dollars for renewable energy projects through Your Community Energy.”

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