‘Speed dating’ hooks up solar power with non-profit organisations

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A Victorian scheme that helps non-profit organisations adopt solar power invites them to “speed date a sustainable expert”. The Sustainable Energy in Not for Profits Program kicks off with a non-profit solar (and other technology) launch event in Melbourne this Friday, November 17.

NFP organisations can ‘date’ renewable energy experts in one-on-one sessions to find the best clean energy solution match for them. The venture also offers free site feasibility and supplier assessment for users as well as access to finance.

It will also help Victorian NFPs save money on electricity costs and improve overall efficiency.

Smarter energy management and non-profit solar

The project is run by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Non-profit solar will be boosted by new Victorian energy-saving scheme for NFPs.

Speed dating with renewable energy experts kicks off a new Victorian energy-saving scheme for NFP orgs. Image: PIxabay

It aims to help NFP organisations achieve smarter energy management and lower power bills.

Adopting technology rooftop solar power and solar energy storage is the ultimate goal of these ‘dating’ sessions.

However, applicants must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Otherwise, Tax Charity Concession status with the Australian Tax Office is needed.

Significantly, up to 50 NFP sites are targeted, including youth services, aged care facilities, health organisations, community groups and sports clubs.

The non-profit solar match-up launch event will be held November 17 at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, 9.45am – 12pm.

How the sustainable energy program works

NFPs receive a free site feasibility and supplier assessment, also:

  • Smart meter billing data based on energy consumption patterns.
  • Recommendations for the most appropriate technology, for instance, solar energy systems with solar panel rebates.
  • Advice about retail switching for increased efficiency.
  • Help with finding a solar panel installer.
  • Link-ups with finance partners to reduce upfront costs.
  • Assistance with review of supplier quotations.
  • Monitoring and verification of technology performance 6–12 months after implementation.

The project subsequently aims to help NFPs maximise their sustainable energy improvements. This will achieve economic and environmental savings.

Solar is out of reach for many Victorian NFPs, organisers say. That’s because the groups lack the resources necessary to take up options like solar storage batteries.

Assistance through the project could help them ‘free up’ operational funds to enhance core service delivery.