Strathbogie Shire Council situated in the regional Victoria has initiated a buy solar energy bulk-buy program to help the community avoid the soaring energy bills.
In partnership with Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) a not-for-profit organization, the Council has formed ‘Bogie Bulk Buy’ program which is expected to run until 30 June 2018.
The decision to initiate the program was made after local residents became bombarded by extremely high power bills. This forced some residents particularly the seniors to be reluctant in turning on their heating during winter.
About the Bogie Bulk Buy Solar Plan
Designed for the rural farming community, the bulk buy solar program was started about eight weeks ago. It combines quality solar products and independent information about solar power and how to buy solar
According to the Council, 150kW of solar energy has already been distributed to residents. In general, the program has curbed 7,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and saved the community’s households about $67,000.
The Mayor of Shire Cr Amanda McLaren says more and more residents are signing up to the plan enthusiastically. She further notes that it’s a “common misconception” that effective clean energy programs are only for the big cities.
Cr McLaren also says that the increased use of renewable energy is expected to plough “hundreds of thousands of dollars” back into the local economy.
More about Strathbogie Shire and its sustainability objectives
Located in central Victoria’s Hume region, Strathbogie Shire is about 150km from Melbourne. Strathbogie Ranges are made up of various rural towns, and it borders the shire to the west.
The Shire Council is a proud member of the Cities Power Partnership (CPP) under the Climate Council. As a CPP partner, the Council is expected to use YEF to provide expert information on renewable energy to farms, homeowners and businesses.
The Council is also involved in ensuring that electric vehicle charging stations are installed at convenient places within the town of Euroa. Evaluation of the stations is expected to take place at a later phase and could lead to more installations across the region.
The Council is also tasked with the responsibility of conducting seminars and information sessions within the local rural towns for businesses willing to embrace and buy solar.
Cr McLaren added that the Council is keen to add value to the resident’s lives while reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The Council is already developing future plans to ensure enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability within the region.