Farming the Sun launches community bulk-buy

Bulk buy: Community members attend the launch of a second bulk-buy of evacuated tube solar hot water systems, run by Starfish's Adam Blakester, in Uralla on Wednesday.

Bulk buy: Community members attend the launch of a second bulk-buy of evacuated tube solar hot water systems, run by Starfish's Adam Blakester, in Uralla on Wednesday.

A new solar system bulk-buy is gaining momentum in the community after a launch in Uralla on Wednesday.

The Farming the Sun initiative aims to install solar hot water for an additional one per cent of residents in Tamworth and surrounds. 

Armidale resident Julie McCarthy became interested in the concept after using solar panels for three years to provide for her family of five.

“I’m interested in replacing the gas hot water system,” Ms McCarthy said.

Solar initiative: Farming the Sun initiative is opened by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall in Uralla on Wednesday.

Solar initiative: Farming the Sun initiative is opened by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall in Uralla on Wednesday.

“I’ve found for our family the savings from solar are significant.”

Alisa Perks, also from Armidale, participated in a solar panel community buy in 2009.

“We’ve been really well placed since we got that … it’s covered most of our energy use so it’s been really good value,” Ms Perks said.

“Over winter we slipped out of credit and we got an electricity bill of only $82.”

Starfish Initiative executive director Adam Blakester ran the event and said around 12 people have already expressed serious interest in the last week.

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