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Strathbogie Shire introduces the Bogie Bulk Buy program

Thursday, 13 July, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council is partnering with energy experts Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) to bring Shire residents, businesses, clubs, farms, weekenders and off-grid properties the opportunity to learn more about solar energy and purchase at a bulk buy price.

The Bogie Bulk Buy Program, which will run for the next 12 months, gives residents the opportunity to gain free expert advice from YEF, 9am-5pm on weekdays.

Council are holding five free solar information sessions in Euroa, Violet Town, Avenel, Nagambie and Strathbogie, between July and September, to provide residents with impartial expert advice.

The launch of the program, and the first session, will be held at the Euroa Memorial Oval on Saturday 29 July, from 10am-12.30pm.

Council have engaged YEF as they are an independent board of industry professionals who have conducted a rigorous procurement and audit process of solar contractors to find the best fit for the Shire.

YEF has selected Cherry Energy Solutions, a reliable solar supplier with decades of experience in the solar and low-energy lighting industry.

Both parties have collaborated to produce a high quality and cost-effective solar offering for Shire residents.

Hayley Purbrick, Environmental Manager at Tahbilk Winery, said she believed the application of solar was a positive step in the right direction for the business.

"Our decision to move to solar made sense as we wanted to be able to support future generations to continue to work and enjoy Tahbilk, which means making decisions to ensure our future viability," she said.

She said with current energy prices on the rise, Hayley encourages businesses and individuals to take the time to explore solar as an energy option.

"Do your homework on your solar provider, complete a cost benefit analysis and get in before the renewable energy rebates expire in 2030.

"If you plan on being in business for more than five years, the investment makes sense," she said.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the Bogie Bulk Buy is one of Council’s on-the-ground approaches to helping residents live sustainably into and beyond the next decade.

Cr McClaren said the program aims to assist residents in overcoming the knowledge barriers associated with purchasing solar.

"The Bogie Bulk Buy program is one of several things Council is doing to bring to life our Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 Plan.

"We are committed to supporting residents, businesses and producers to live smarter and healthier in a changing climate by empowering our communities to make decisions about their energy future," she said.

A letter was sent out to households last week with all the information they need to be a part of the program.

To attend one of the information sessions, access Strathbogie Shire Council website and click on the ‘Bogie Bulk Buy’ button on the homepage.

From there you can follow the link at the bottom of the page to register.

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