Community solar power group MASH wins Environment Victoria award

Community solar power group MASH wins Environment Victoria award

MASH (the campaign for More Australian Solar Homes) was one of six community groups and individuals from around the state to be recognised by Environment Victoria on Wednesday night for their outstanding contribution to protecting our state’s environment.

“The 2018 Community Environment Recognition Award recipients are all leaders in their communities,” said Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria.

“We wanted to recognise MASH for repowering central Victoria with over one thousand solar installations, and for their dynamic community engagement.”

Supporting solar installations since 2014

MASH, the community solar bulk-buy for households in central Victoria, was launched in mid-2014. Since then, MASH has taken orders for over 1,150 solar power systems with around 20,000 panels installed.

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MASH members at the Environment Victoria Awards.
MASH members at the Environment Victoria Awards.

MASH households now cut around 8,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, equivalent to around 1,700 fewer cars on the road. These households, as a group, are saving around $1 million off their electricity bills each year.

In addition, MASH is creating local jobs with three local installation companies currently working full-time on MASH installations. There are also around six local people working on a part-time or casual basis on project management and administration.

Environment Victoria recognition due to efforts of many

“MASH has raised over $70,000 for free solar for community groups and schools since we started, said Jo Kaptein, manager of the MASH community solar bulk-buy.

“We’re delighted to have been recognised by Environment Victoria. We couldn’t have achievement these results without the support of so many people and organisations. Thank you to everyone who’s been part of our story.”

MASH extends its reach in Victoria

The MASH solar bulk-buy is available in the Mount Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire and City of Greater Bendigo. MASH’s sister bulk-buy – the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy – is available in the Hepburn Shire.

MASH will shortly launch in new regions across central Victoria, starting with Swan Hill.

The not-for-profit Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance now hosts MASH.

For more information about MASH and to request a quote, visit mash.org.au

If you are in Hepburn Shire, visit mash.org.au/hepburn

Alternatively call 1300 466 274.

News item provided courtesy of Energy Matters Australia.