23. Clunes Old School

Project 23: Clunes Old School Association, NSW

The Clunes Old School Association (COSA) manages the old school building at Clunes, near Lismore in NSW, as a local community centre for the benefit of the community. The grounds are open for public use, rooms are used for classes and events, and some are rented to local artisans and businesses.
Website: http://www.clunesoldschool.org/

Project story…

We expected this 4.8kW solar installation would take 5.5 years to pay for itself because the building does not have particularly high daytime use. However, every quarter COSA has been repaying a higher amount than that specified in our loan agreement because they are keen to have their repayments assist with funding other CORENA carbon reduction projects. Accordingly they are likely to complete paying back their loan in less than 3 years. Thank you COSA!

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to the Clunes Old School Association 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 has been fully funded – Thank you!

Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $9,300
Loan repayments: $420/quarter

Work details

4.875kW installation:
15 x Suntech STP325-24/VFW
15 x S270 Enphase Micro Inverters
1 x Envoy S Metered (Monitoring)
DPA Solar Roof Mount Racking
Three Phase Meter
Cost: $9,300
Expected savings: $1,525/year, approx 7,000kWh/year

Reduction in carbon emissions/yr: Equivalent to 1.26 average households using renewable electricity instead of grid electricity