Solar Power Systems
Community and Schools Projects
See our latest solar projects in the community and schools around the region. Helping make our region cleaner and greener now and for future generations.
Proudly Supporting the Geelong Community
City to Surf Solar+ regularly contribute to a range of community initiatives to assist community based organisations in their efforts to install solar power.
We recently donated a 5.2kW solar power system to Encompass, which has been installed at The Paddock in Leopold. The Paddock offers training and life skills programs for people with a disability and those facing disadvantage. The system will save The Paddock approximately $2,100 per year on its power bills, meaning the complex can re-direct savings to other programs in need.
We thank Give Where You Live for assisting us in selecting such a great organisation to receive the system and look forward to helping The Paddock contribute to its goal for a more sustainable future.
The following article appeared in the Geelong Advertiser on Friday 23rd September, 2016 and outlines the benefits The Paddock can expect to see by installing solar.
City to Surf Solar+ is excited to announce that we are supportive partners of ReEnergise Geelong, a community-led initiative to transition the Geelong region to 100% renewable energy.
ReEnergise Geelong is a community organisation working to re-power our city in partnership with local community groups, state government, local councils and Geelong businesses. Our goal is for Geelong to be using 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Follow Geelong’s progress as it transitions to 100% renewables at www.reenergisegeelong.org
Solar Town’s Programme Grant helps Torquay Surf Life Saving Club
City to Surf Solar+ have just installed a 22kW solar power system at Torquay Surf Life Saving Club thanks to a Federal Government grant through the Solar Town’s Programme and heavily supported by local MP Sarah Henderson. The 22kW system consists of 86 modules and will cover approximately one third of the Surf Club’s electricity bills, meaning the Club can re-direct funds to other essential life-saving equipment. If your community group or club is also interested in finding out how solar power can help save them money too, please contact us for further information.
Abervale Retirement Village Community bulk buy program
In 2013, Abervale Retirement Village in Grovedale participated in our community bulk buy program. The management of Abervale had expressed an interest in installing solar power on one of their community buildings and many village residents also expressed an interest in installing solar power on their own individual units. Following a presentation by City to Surf Solar+ on the bulk buy program, 15 individual households signed up for solar power installations and due to the large volume, they were able to secure a significant discount off the out of pocket cost of their system. At the same time, Abervale installed a 30kW system on one of their main community buildings and were so happy with the results and savings, they installed an additional 20kW system in 2014 on another community building. Like all community bulk solar programs, the Abervale program was a real win-win, with all involved benefiting.
Contact us to find out how a community bulk buy program could benefit your Community building/Club/School and its members and reap the rewards just as Abervale Retirement Village have.
Barwon Heads Community Grant
With its membership now over 150, the Barwon Heads Sustainability Group has delivered on one of its major project promises by installing solar power systems across a number of community organisations in what has truly been a coming together of community, industry and government.
Five not-for-profit groups in the Barwon Heads community including Barwon Heads Anglican Church and its Op Shop, Barwon Heads Uniting Church, Barwon Heads CFA and Barwon Coast’s Heritage Centre, The Lobster Pot have each received solar power systems to assist with reducing their energy costs.
Each organisation received a solar system ranging in size from 1.5 to 3kW, with savings of $600 – $1,200 per year on electricity costs, meaning more funds are available for them to dedicate to the work they undertake in the picturesque coastal village.
The new solar systems, flagged in the 2012 Barwon Heads Sustainability Group plan as a high priority project, saw a unique collaboration between the sustainability group, Future Proofing Geelong and local sustainable energy company, City to Surf Solar+ who matched the government grant dollar for dollar.
Barwon Heads Heritage Centre – The Lobster Pot
Barwon Heads Anglican Church Op Shop
Barwon Heads Uniting Church
Barwon Heads Community Hall – 1.75kW
Collendina Cricket Club
As major sponsors of the Collendina Cricket Club, City to Surf Solar+ donated a 2.4kW solar power system for the clubrooms to offset their power bills.
Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden