The Big Solar Switch campaign aims to be Australia’s largest switch to solar power. The campaign will unlock the massive potential of not-for-profit and community organisations by helping them to go solar.
This initiative has been developed by AEF and Community Buying Group exclusively for Australia’s 55,000 registered charities and 600,000 community organisations. It uses the strength of aggregated purchasing to reduce the cost and barriers of installing solar PV systems. The package includes a ‘best value’ guarantee which includes negotiated rates for the sector, extended warranties, expert advice and links to funding.
Benefits for not-for-profits
Following a detailed tender process, the Big Solar Switch initiative engaged a panel of the three best solar PV suppliers in the Australian market. Suppliers have been thoroughly vetted and components independently assessed for quality by the Alternative Technology Association. Suppliers are also signatories to the Clean Energy Council – Approved Solar Retailer code that ensures the supplier provide quality products, comply with consumer protection laws and will back the operation of the systems well into the future. Importantly, the campaign provides the support, advice and guidance by solar experts to enable the community sector to switch with confidence. In addition this initiative provides free project management support to make a switch simple and logical for community organisations.
Community Buying Group is responsible for ensuring the sector receives an equal opportunity to access the solar pricing and benefits. The housing sector has been identified for the first roll-out due to the additional social benefits (alongside the economic and environmental benefits) of providing an ongoing reduction in the cost of electricity.
Not-for-profit organisations have been encouraged to register their interest early as the offer is limited. The initial deadline for Housing Providers is 15 June 2018, followed by large not-for-profit entities in late June.
More information at the Big Solar Switch website or call 1300 909 670.