Starfish’s Farming the Sun community solar energy collaboration has passed a major milestone ~ with the successful completion of the Feasibility Study for a Lismore Community Solarfarm.
Lismore City Council is developing a 100% Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP) and aims to meet all of it’s electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2023. Council has already achieved significant energy efficiency savings ~ the first priority for energy sustainability ~ with total energy usage declining for the last three years at the same time as growing Council’s infrastructure services.
The Lismore Community Solarfarm will now form one of a series of options to be incorporated into the REMP.
This achievement comes on the back of Embark Australia’s recent announcement of the first fully committed community solarfarm in Australia ~ Sydney Community Solar ~ which will form part of the forthcoming Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct at Darling Harbour. Embark is a partner in the Farming the Sun collaboration.
The Farming the Sun Collaboration has invested some $50-60,000 in the Feasibility Study ~ with significant contributions by Juno Energy, Starfish, Embark, Lismore City Council and seed funding from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as well as The Earth Welfare Foundation.
Community solarfarms are a relatively new concept and have been made possible particulalry due to the dramatic decline in the cost of solar Pv. This model of community energy builds on the international community windfarm movement.
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