Buzz growing for solar power

Phil Edwards, Dan Cowdell, Suzie Brown, Dan Brooke and Kurt Pamvouxoglou. (Supplied) 205678_01

A growing number of Ocean Grove residents are keen to learn more about solar power and batteries, with hundreds of residents attending two recent community forums.

Organised by the Ocean Grove Community Association and 100% Clean Bellarine, the forums, which were held on February 26, were a chance for locals to find out about a community solar and battery program.

The program is a partnership between the association, 100% Clean Bellarine, community energy projects experts Mondo, and local installer City to Surf Solar, which provides a solar and battery offer to residents and business across the Bellarine.

Ocean Grove Community Association’s Suzie Brown said the community program aimed to improve access to solar power.

“We designed the program to make it easy for homes and businesses to get solar panels and batteries and access the government rebates,” she said.

“We’re really pleased that so many people want to take part – they can see it will help them cut their energy bills as well as help to reduce carbon pollution.”

As part of the community program, Mondo will donate a large solar system to a not-for-profit community facility in the region, with forum attendees asked to nominate possible recipients.

100% Clean Bellarine president Karen Weaver said: “It’s fantastic that so many people are coming along to the forums.

“They can see that solar is a really smart investment, especially for businesses or residents who are using power during the day.”

Two more community forums will be held on Wednesday, March 11, at the Shell Road Pavilion, Ocean Grove, at 1.30pm and 7.30pm.

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