Strathbogie Shire Council is partnering with energy expert Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) to bring its residents, businesses, clubs, farms, weekenders and off-grid property owners the opportunity to learn more about solar energy and purchase at a bulk-buy price.
The Bogie Bulk Buy Program, which will run for the next 12 months, gives residents the opportunity to gain free expert advice from YEF from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.
Council is holding five free solar information sessions across the shire between July and September to provide residents with impartial expert advice.
Council and YEF have collaborated to produce a high quality and cost-effective solar offering for shire residents.
Tahbilk Winery environmental manager Hayley Purbrick said she believed solar power was a positive step in the right direction for the business.
‘‘Our decision to move to solar made sense as we wanted to be able to support future generations to continue to work and enjoy Tahbilk, which means making decisions to ensure our future viability,’’ she said.
With current energy prices on the rise, Ms Purbrick encouraged businesses and individuals to take the time to explore solar as an energy option.
‘‘Do your homework on your solar provider, complete a cost-benefit analysis and get in before the renewable energy rebates expire in 2030,’’ she said.
‘‘If you plan on being in business for more than five years, the investment makes sense.’’
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the Bogie Bulk Buy was one of council’s on-the-ground approaches to helping residents live sustainably into and beyond the next decade.
‘‘The Bogie Bulk Buy program is one of several things council is doing to bring to life our Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 Plan,’’ she said.
‘‘We are committed to supporting residents, businesses and producers to live smarter and healthier in a changing climate by empowering our communities to make decisions about their energy future.’’
A letter was sent out to households last week with all the information they need to be a part of the program.
To attend one of the information sessions, go to council’s website and click on the Bogie Bulk Buy button on the homepage. From there you can follow the link at the bottom of the page to register.