The below is a media release issued by Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.
Disability service provider Vivid, is now powered by a free solar system at its Swan Hill site thanks to a partnership between Swan Hill Rural City Council and the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy.
The 18-panel, 5.94kW system will save Vivid around $1,500 a year off its electricity bill. The savings will go towards programs that support over 50 people with disabilities who participate in the programs provided by Vivid at its Harrods Lane site in Swan Hill.
“We are rapt to have this free solar system through the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk-Buy. It’s a fabulous feeling to know that a good portion of our power now comes from the sun. We are excited to know that our bills will be much lower and that we can start directing the savings towards activities that enrich the lives of the people we support,” said Maree Miliano, Vivid’s Regional Manager for Mallee.
“This solar installation is cause for celebration”, said Cr Bill Moar, Mayor of Swan Hill Rural City Council. “It goes to show what is possible when people and organisations work together towards a common goal. In this case, the goal is multi-layered: it’s about helping our community make the transition to sun-powered energy and reaping the benefits from that – lower bills, a cleaner environment and free solar for not-for-profit community groups in our Shire.”
The Mallee Sun Solar Bulk-Buy supports local jobs. The installer for the bulk-buy is Matt Iannucci of Swan Hill Solar and Electrical who works under contract to the bulk-buy solar retailer, Specialized Solar. “Matt and his team did a great job on our installation”, said Maree. “They were efficient, professional and worked closely with us to ensure minimal disruption. The installation looks terrific!”