Farming The Sun
Farming the Sun was joint-winner (with Charles Sturt University) of the inaugural 2011 Regional Sustainability NSW Green Globe Award and highly commended for the 2011 Community Sustainability Award.
Farming the Sun is Australia’s largest community solar energy initiative. It’s purpose is to significantly increase the understanding, affordability and take-up of solar energy throughout rural and regional Australia.
This initiative began in 2008. A total of 479 solar installations have been installed to date with a retail value of $6.7m. This comprises 552kW of solar power, 137 evacuated tube solar hot water systems, 12 solar thermal heating and cooling units and 140 Home Sustainability Assessments.
Community Solar Farms
The current priority is to establish Australia’s first community-owned solar farms. This will enable local community members and organisations to pool micro-investments to build and own a solar farm.
The goal is to install at least 1 MW of community solar farms.
Starfish coordinates the collaboration of specialist suppliers, partners and supporters who together make up the Farming the Sun team. Starfish has a wide range of responsibilities beyond coordination including project governance, research, communication and stakeholder relations.