Australian first Solar Garden is now selling plots to renters locked out of rooftop solar

Australia’s first large-scale solar garden, to be built in the NSW Riverina, today launched solar “plots” for NSW residents to purchase for an estimated savings of $505 on their electricity bill each year.

Haystacks Solar Garden launch Marrickville Library 1 Sept 2022
Haystacks Solar Garden launch at Marrickville Library. Image supplied: Haystacks

The Haystacks Solar Garden caters for households who can’t put solar on their own roof. Any resident in NSW can now purchase a ‘plot’ in the solar garden and receive an on-bill credit on their electricity bill, giving them a similar experience as the 3 million solar households that currently enjoy the benefits of their own rooftop solar.

The project will build a 1.5MW solar array in a 5 hectares paddock at a farming property in Grong Grong, one hour west of Wagga Wagga, which will be shared between 333 solar plots and reduce emissions in NSW by 3,100 tonnes each year.

ABC writer and presenter Craig Reucassel today joined supporters in Sydney to formally launch the project, including project leads Community Power Agency & Pingala, energy retailer Energy Locals, renewable energy developer Komo Energy and Inner West Council.

"I know so many people in Australia, myself included, can not put on enough solar or can't put solar on at all, but feel like they want to be part of the solution to climate change and not part of the problem. Haystacks Solar Garden is a great solution.” said Craig Reucassel.

“The Haystacks Solar Garden will enable all the renters, apartment dwellers and everyone else who simply can’t put solar on their own rooftop a way to see the benefits on their own electricity bill from this investment in renewables” said Kristy Walters, Community Power Agency Director and Chair of the Haystacks Solar Garden Co-operative.

“It’s an exciting model to be pioneering for Australia that other countries have been enjoying for years.” said Kim Mallee, Haystacks Solar Garden Project Manager.

“With the Albanese Government committing to fund 85 solar gardens around the country we’ll see many more households given the chance to access solar.”

The Haystacks Solar Garden project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Community Power Agency, Pingala, and Komo Energy, under the Regional Community Energy Fund, is a partnership between three key organisations Community Power Agency, Pingala, and Komo Energy, with support from several other organisations.

For more information, go to the Haystacks website here.

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