Vivid Scores Free Solar
Vivid recently received the news that we will receive a free 5.94kW solar power system funded through a partnership between the Rural City of Swan Hill and the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy.
The 18-panel system will save Vivid around $1,500 each year off their electricity bill. It will be installed on the roof at Vivid’s premises at 2 Harrods Lane, Swan Hill. A wide range of activities are run at this site each week for 50 adults with disability, supported by around 20 staff.
Vivid will use the electricity bill savings to help fund a new life skills program for their participants, called ‘Seed to Plate’.
“This project is an exciting initiative developed by Vivid to engage the people we support in the process of creating an edible garden”, said Maree Miliano, Vivid’s Regional Manager for Mallee. “Participants learn to grow, harvest, cook and eat healthy food in a fun, hands‐on and supported way. We’ve rolled out this program in Echuca and Kerang and now we can’t wait for the solar savings to kick in so we can get it started here in Swan Hill.”
“It is great to know that this free solar system has come about due to the support of our local community and council,” said Maree. “We use around 50kWh of electricity a day. Our roof is perfect for solar – and it’s pretty big – so hopefully we can add more panels over time.”
Swan Hill Rural City Council was involved in the selection process, as a number of community groups had applied for this first round of free solar funding from the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy.
“I am delighted that the clients of Vivid in Swan Hill are going to directly benefit from this solar gift”, said Cr Bill Moar, Mayor of Rural City of Swan Hill. “Personally, I can’t wait to see this ‘Seed to Plate’ program get off the ground here at Vivid Swan Hill. This is a great result for Vivid and a great result for our community. We hope that this will be the first of a series of solar donations to community groups in our shire through the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy.”
To learn more about the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy, visit malleesunsolar.org.au or call 1300 466 274. If you would like to register an interest in hearing about the next round of solar donations through the bulk-buy (likely to be mid-year), please email [email protected].