The Big Strawberry Goes Solar

The Big Strawberry celebrated the installation of its new solar power system on Sunday with the help of the local community, Moira Shire Councillor Garry Jones and national solar solutions provider Energy Matters.
The 20.58 kW system, provided by Energy Matters and installed by local contractors Cobram Electrical & Data, will generate electricity equivalent of that used by six average Australian homes.
“Operating with a minimal environmental footprint is important to us”, said The Big Strawberry’s Director Darren Hayes. “And just like all Australians, we’re also facing ever-rising electricity costs. Installing solar seemed like the most logical and effective way to reduce our carbon emissions, while saving money in the long term.”
Councillor Jones, who is also chairman of the Cobram Sustainable Energy Group and has a 3 kW solar panel system on his own home, applauded the Big Strawberry’s decision to acquire a system.
“This part of the country gets as much sun as Queensland and is perfect for solar”, said Cr Jones. “With electricity prices climbing, going solar is a no brainer for households and businesses like The Big Strawberry to reduce their costs. But getting a solar power system can be complicated. What people need is to find experts to explain everything to them.”
A firm providing such expertise is Energy Matters, an award-winning company that has supplied and installed thousands of residential and commercial solar power systems throughout Australia.
“We offer a great product and just as importantly, great advice”, said Noelene Arnup, Energy Matters’ Albury based solar consultant. “We can help you find the solar solution that meets your needs – matched to your electricity consumption, your roof size and of course your wallet.”
According to Energy Matters’ online solar quotes tool, a residential 4kW solar panel system installed in the Albury/Wodonga region can generate electricity bill savings of between $1,000 – $1,400 a year; depending on which side of the state border the array is installed due to differing incentives and other factors.
The event saw a large turnout, with families and local business people from the Cobram area joining the festivities to enjoy food, live music and children’s entertainment such as face painting and train rides.
The Big Strawberry, established in 1984, is situated at 7034 Goulburn Valley Highway Koonoomoo, Victoria; approximately 8 km from Tocumwal and 9 Kilometres from Cobram.
The Big Strawberry solar panel system’s specifications and other details can be viewed here.