19. Coast FM transmitter

Solar on the roof of the transmitter station for Coast FM

Project 19: Coast FM transmitter, Tas

Coastal FM operates a professionally built studio complex in Wynyard with 3 transmitters covering the NW Coast of Tassie from Smithton to Launceston. It is a community radio station operated by a core of 12 on-air volunteer staff with an average age of 65 who provide 24/7 production for an approximate audience of 40-50,000 listeners for a variety of different programs.
Website: http://www.coastfm.org/

Project story…

This Quick Win project was for solar PV for the Coast FM transmitter at Table Cape. Their aim was to reduce emissions from both their Wynyard studio and their transmitters, but we started with the Table Cape transmitter because they had hopes of receiving a grant for solar for the studio. When that ultimately didn’t happen we later gave them a separate CORENA loan for solar PV at their studio as well.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Coast FM so far

* The MWh figure is the amount of grid electricity avoided by solar electricity generation and energy efficiency measures. The resultant reductions in carbon emissions can be visualised as an equivalent number of average households switching from grid electricity to 100% renewable electricity, noting that the subsequent projects have been avoiding grid electricity for less time than the original project.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!

Progress bar showing fully funded via $4,384.55 in new donations and $4,541.45 in loan repayments

Honour roll

Thanks to all the people who have donated to this project.

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $8,926
Loan repayments: $400/quarter

Work details

5.28kW solar PV:
– 16 x LG NeOn 330 watt panels
– SolarEdge SE5000 inverter
– Solar Edge P350i Optimisers
– tilt frames
Cost: $,8,926
Expected savings: 6,105 kWh/year, $1,594/year

Reduction in carbon emissions/yr: Equivalent to 1.10 average households using renewable electricity instead of grid electricity