AN IDEA to harness the sun for all its worth is gaining traction in Manilla.
John Tucker is leading the charge to have Australia’s first community-owned solar farm set up in the town.
And the support has been snowballing since a public meeting last weekend.
“It seems we can probably get enough people in the cooperative to make it viable,” Mr Tucker said.
“It’s certainly finding a spot in the community.”
Under the proposal, solar panels would be installed at multiple sites with a cooperative to tender to electricity companies to negotiate a cheaper electricity price to feed power back into the grid.
The proposal comes on the back of skyrocketing electricity prices.
The rising cost of bills has been the source of much frustration for local residents and a solar farm could be the ticket to help residents go green.
About 25 people attended the community meeting to hear about farming the sun, but since then Mr Tucker said he’s been inundated with feedback from interested
“Another dozen people contacted me personally and then there’s been two or three more phone calls everyday,” he said.
“I think it’s a feasible proposition and it could really put Manilla on the map.”
A committee has been set up in the wake of the positive response and now they’ll turn their attention to signing more up.
The new committee plans to survey local residents and sign up interested parties before another community meeting next month.