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Strathbogie Champions of Solar

Monday, 26 February, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council is leading the way in all things solar, punching well above its weight heading one of the largest bulk buy solar programs in the State, and certainly the largest in rural Victoria.

Coined the ‘Bogie Bulk Buy’, the program has been running for 34 weeks and has now been duplicated by several other Councils in Victoria, including Murrindindi and Moira Shires, who are gearing up to imitate Strathbogie’s program.

At this stage of the game, there have been 95 solar systems purchased in the shire with a whopping 479.6 kW of solar purchased, equating to almost 23,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions that our community is reducing over the lifespan of these systems.

Energy professionals, Yarra Energy Foundation, manage the Bogie Bulk Buy and the program’s preferred solar and battery providers Cherry Energy Solutions.

Cherry have contracted local electrical company BD North East Electrics to manage all the installations for the program.

Owner Marcus Mackrell said they have been flat out with work since the program began.

“We’ve put on another full-time electrician and part time admin because of the installations,” Marcus explained.

Marcus is no stranger to solar himself, running his shed off the grid since he started the business three years ago.

“People are really happy about having local installers and the security of knowing Council is backing the program,” he said.

Residents of the Strathbogie Shire who have any questions or would like a quote for solar panels can call independent energy experts Yarra Energy Foundation on 1300 866 634, who Council have engaged to provide free advice from 9am-5pm weekdays, or visit the Bogie Bulk Buy website

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