One of Australia’s first community-funded, council operated solar farms is up and running this week, after the switching on of a 99kW rooftop PV system at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre in Lismore, NSW.
The huge solar array, installed by local outfit Rainbow Power, is one of two community-based projects coordinated by Farming the Sun and the Lismore City Council, and funded using a unique purpose-built financial model.
Money for the projects – the second is a 99kW floating solar system at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment plant – were raised by two community companies, each with 20 local investors. The money was then loaned to Lismore Council to build the solar farms.
The projects are also the first ever council-operated and community-funded solar farms in Australia and are flagship projects for Council’s 2023 Renewable Energy Master Plan.
Read the One Step Off The Grid story - “Lismore community solar plant switched on, marking Australian first.”