A Solar Garden enables people who are locked out from having solar on their rooftops, to participate in the renewables transition, allowing them to buy solar panels and receive their benefit in the form of credit on their electricity bill.
Enova Community is creating the first Solar Garden in the NSW Northern Rivers. It is also seeking interest from more small to medium size businesses with significant energy use to be Solar Garden host sites.
‘Solar Gardeners’ purchase solar panels, in turn receiving solar credits on their electricity bills. Long after the panels have paid for themselves customers will continue to receive credits on their bill.
Solar gardens are designed for people who are renting, living in apartments, moving, or in houses that are shaded, or who are not able to afford to invest in a solar system.
So if you have ever wanted to have your own solar panels, then this is the solar solution for you. Want to get started now? Read more details or register here
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In 2018, Enova Community partnered with North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) and the Office of Environment and Heritage on a low-income solar housing project. More than 80 tenants across the Northern Rivers benefited from solar panels on 27 homes that NCCH owns and manages.
Enova’s Energy Coaches also conducted home energy audits for participating low income residents, including teaching them how to reduce electricity consumption and save money.
In total 64kWh of solar were installed on 27 houses and combined with the energy saving measures initiated through the educational audits, tenants' bills are expected to reduce by around $420 a year.
LightnUp Inc. is a not-for-profit community organisation situated in the heart of Lismore. It runs the Lismore Lantern Parade, an annual community arts festival attracting over 300,000 people on or around the winter solstice: the longest night of the year.
LightnUp Board members and Sandi Middleton, Manager Enova Community with some solar lanterns from the parade.
After having their premises devastated by 3-metre flood waters in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, LightnUp Inc had to rely heavily on the generosity and kindness of the local community as it cleaned up its workshop and rebuilt lanterns in time for this year’s parade.
To help them thrive in their new location, Enova Community assisted them to access an interest free loan through CORENA to install energy efficient lighting and solar panels on their new building.