Haystacks Solar Garden Info Session for Inner West residents

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Learn how you can become involved in an exciting community energy project that will deliver Australia's largest solar garden in 2021

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Inner West Council supports community energy and is pleased to promote an innovative new solar offering. In 2019 Council funded and worked with the Community Power Agency to research community solar options that are suitable for the Inner West.

What is a solar garden?

Solar gardens work by either installing a solar farm in a sunny location or installing solar panels on the roof of a large energy user. Energy customers or solar gardeners can purchase panels in this solar system upfront and receive a regular credit on their electricity bill.

The solar panels are offsite, but the solar gardener can still receive a similar outcome to people with a solar system at home.

With a solar garden, any electricity customer can participate in and benefit from solar energy without putting panels on their roof.

About the Haystacks solar garden

Australia's first large scale solar garden, a 1MW solar farm in the Riverina region of Southern NSW will be developed by Komo Energy to supply Haystacks Solar Garden Co-operative members with the equivalent solar energy of a 3kW rooftop solar system.

The Haystacks Solar Garden Co-operative will be administered by local Community Energy group Pingala with member recruitment and project management assistance from the Community Power Agency. The project has received grant funding from the NSW Government's Regional Community Energy Fund to develop the innovative community ownership solar garden model.

This is the second webinar in the solar garden series for Inner West residents. The electricity retailer Enova Community Energy has been announced and in the coming weeks the solar garden plot price will also be announced.

For more information visit: Inner West Council’s Solar Gardens web page.


Kim Mallee, Project Manager – Haystacks Solar Garden, Community Power Agency

Kristy Walters, Community Engagement Manager, Community Power Agency

Webinar Agenda:

  • Project overview
  • What are the steps to becoming a solar gardener?
  • Introduction to the Haystacks Solar Garden Co-operative
  • Timeline for Inner West residents to become both Co-operative members and solar gardeners.

This event is proudly supported by Climate Change Balmain Rozelle.

This free webinar is hosted by the Green Living Centre, an initiative of Inner West Council. It is free for residents of the Inner West local government area. If you have any questions about the webinar please email or phone 9392 5054.

Photo by Anna Meltzer Photography.

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