In November 2016 the group decided to investigate installing solar panels for a not for profit group in the area. The idea was to buy 3 Kw of panels using $3,500 of the group's funds and the organisation would pay back the interest free loan over 6 years out of savings they achieved.
The Araluen Centre in Lower Plenty was considered a possible site. On approaching them, we found they had an enormous north facing roof and an enormous Energy usage!
After analysing their electricity usage, we found that 25 kw of panels could be installed. 75% of the power generated would be used by Araluen, giving a 5 year payback. However the $29,000 cost exceeded our finances.
We sought donations of $250 from members of the community and within 3 weeks we had offers totaling $10,000.