39. Tarremah

Project 39 – Tarremah Steiner School, Tas

This project for a 100kW solar installation for Tarremah Steiner School in Tasmania is a rather special project to help them become a model sustainability school, which has enthusiastic support from students and their community. Students are now encouraging other schools to follow suit.

Project story…

Originally funding was to be a joint effort with the school community raising funds to be donated directly to the school solar fund, and CORENA raising funds in tandem to provide an interest-free loan to cover the rest of the cost. However, due to COVID-19 impacts on the school, they were unable to proceed with local fundraising and so the CORENA loan covered the entire amount.

It took only 4 months to raise the $70,000 required for this project, but that was greatly assisted by a higher than usual proportion of loan repayments we received during that time from earlier projects.

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

* The MWh figure is the amount of grid electricity avoided by solar electricity generation and energy efficiency measures. The Houses figure is number of households that can be powered for a year by that amount of electricity (based on Ausgrid 2019 figures for NSW and Vic residential customers).

Honour roll

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

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $70,000
Loan repayments: $4,000/quarter

Work details

99.99 kW solar PV system
303 JA Solar 330W panels
2 SMA STP50 Core 1 inverters
Cost: $70,861.56 + GST
Expected savings: $16,124/year, 124,000kWh/year

Reduction in carbon emissions/yr: Equivalent to 22.35 average households using renewable electricity instead of grid electricity