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    Farming the Sun Sails Past it's Goal!

    FarmingTheSunThe take-up of solar power has accelerated throughout the New England North West region. Farming the Sun's community bulk-buy program has added 2% installations in the last 18 months alone!

    “We've seen the level of community interest in solar power grow greatly over the ten years that we have been coordinating the Farming the Sun community solar collaboration”, said Project Director, Adam Blakester.

    “The take-up through the current community bulk-buy program has sailed past its goal of 1MW, with 1.3MW of new capacity resulting in a 2% increase in the number of solar power systems in the region."

    The rapid take-up of solar power in the NENW region mirrors what is happening right across Australia, which now has the highest proportion of roof top solar in the world. The capacity of solar power has risen from just 100,000kW in early 2010 to be, as of 31 March 2018, 7.8 million kW from more than 1.84 million installations*.

    “Buying electricity over the grid has more than doubled in cost over the last decade,” added Blakester. “Yet, at the very same time, the cost of electricity from solar power has halved and halved again. On the income side, the price being paid for solar exports has more than doubled in the last few years too.”

    More information at www.farmingthesun.net 

    * Source: Australian Photovoltaic Institute

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