Is your organisation working from sun up until sun down to make a difference in WA? It might be time to put the sun to work for you - so you can save money on your electricity bill and invest these savings back in to your community.
That's why we’re helping community groups to discover new ways to save energy – with the opportunity to win a SolarReturn system supplied and installed by us for free. It’s an initiative called our Synergy Community Solar Fund.
How our Synergy Community Solar Fund works
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If you’re eligible and you apply, you’ll receive a free one-hour energy audit and energy-saving recommendations.
We’ll work out the best sized system for each of our finalists, regardless of whether they own or rent their premises.
Our panel of judges will consider the shortlisted applicants and determine the winners.
Winners will be announced and SolarReturn systems installed.
2019 Synergy Community Solar Fund update
We received over 100 applications from across WA to the Fund in 2019. Energy audits of all eligible applicants have now been completed and winners will be announced late August...
Congratulations to our 2018 Synergy Community Solar Fund recipients!
We received an overwhelming response to our program and we’re thrilled to announce which not-for-profit organisations in WA have been awarded with a commercial SolarReturn solar system in 2018.
Each of our recipients have been given system tailored to the way they use energy. By using solar to save money on their energy bills, they could then use the money they save to invest back into the wonderful work they do helping our WA community.
Our six recipients
These six organisations combined received 150KW of commercial SolarReturn and together are expected to save over $40,000* in electricity costs each year.
|NFP Organisation||System Size in KWs||Estimated Saving||Payback period on investment**||CO2 emission office 1st year||System Installation Date||Electricity Saving ex GST since installation as at 29/01/2019||Co2 emission offset since installation date as at 29/01/2019|
|Ngala Community Services||80.19||$21,123||4.7||94.5||17/12/2018||$2488.46||11.13|
|Homestead for Youth||6.48||$1,516||5.4||8.1||3/09/2018||$614.71||3.28|
|Dog Refuge Home WA Inc Shenton park||26.46||$8,640||2.6||33.5||11/01/2019||$426.08||1.65|
|St Vincent De Paul Busselton||10.8||$2,529||4.2||13.0||20/09/2018||$907.67||4.67|
|Margaret River Community House||19.98||$5,380||3.8||23.7||30/11/2018||$884.38||3.90|
Here’s how some of our recipients will be investing their savings back into the work they do.
Ngala supports WA parents, families, communities with a service that operates around the clock. Ngala received a 80KW commercial SolarReturn system which is expected to lead to an energy saving of $20,000* in the first year alone.
Homestead for Youth
Providing hands-on therapy, including therapy with horses, for at-risk and vulnerable youth in the community comes at a cost. Homestead for Youth is expected to save $1,500* in the first year with their commercial SolarReturn system, which can be reinvested in upgrading facilities and programs to support more young people.
Shenton Park Dog Home
It costs a considerable amount to heat and cool the kennels for the lost and abandoned dogs at Shenton Park Dog Home. Shenton Park Dog Home is expected to save $8,500* annually from their new commercial SolarReturn system which will mean more funding for the day-to-day care, medical needs and finding homes for these furry friends.
* Estimated annual savings for each NFP Organisation based on previous usage data available to Synergy and the installed system size. Actual savings will vary based on how energy is used.
** Payback period is the length of time if the system was purchased it takes for the system cost to be neutral calculated against the estimated annual savings. These above payback periods are approximate based on a typical PV systems.