Local property owners, managers and business people recently attended a breakfast and learn event on the Solar Partnering Around Regional Communities (SPARC) Program, hosted by the Latrobe City Council.
MC’d by Gippsland TAFE’s Tim Weight, attendees heard the SPARC Project will provide no up-front cost solar systems for commercial businesses across Gippsland and Latrobe Valley and develop up to 75 solar and battery storage systems in commercial centres helping local businesses save money on their energy bills.
Managed by locally based project staff, and delivered by local solar installers, the project will see $10 million of investment directly in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland region.
SPARC Project Manager, Gordon Hollonds, commented on the success of the event.
“It’s great to see so many property owners interested in learning how a no-upfront cost shared solar and battery storage system can benefit their property through lower energy bills for tenants, reduced vacancy rates and no operating or maintenance risks or costs for the system,” Mr Hollonds said.
Each SPARC system will connect co-located commercial premises so that they can share the benefits of a single solar power system. Ovida will install and maintain the system and cover all upfront costs while the participants only pay for the energy they consume and can continue to choose their own grid energy retailer.
We’re looking for more commercial properties in the area to participate. Contact us to register your interest and we will conduct a technical site assessment of your property to assess its suitability.
This is a great opportunity to establish the Latrobe Valley region as a centre of excellence for renewable shared energy technology.