7kW installation at Tulgeen Disability Services, Bega NSW, Nov 2013

1. Tulgeen Disability Services, NSW

This community solar project has been fully funded. See Tulgeen Solar Panel Stars!

Tulgeen Disability Services are located in Bega on the far south coast of NSW. Their services enhance the skills and lives of people with disability, enabling them to fulfill their greatest potential through Employment, In-home Support, and Training & Education services. Tulgeen have already implemented energy efficiency measures and CORENA helped fund solar PV for their cheese-packing workspace and their TES day programmes building.

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

Note: The ‘At subsequent projects’ figures should be a bit higher than shown below. This is because we temporarily used some Big Win funds to help fund some of our early Quick Win projects, and when we later repaid that amount to the Big Win fund we used one loan repayment from Tulgeen ($1,000) to help pay that back. That money is now achieving reductions in carbon emissions via the Big Win landlord-tenant solar scheme, but that benefit is not reflected in the table shown below.

As of 20/04/18, the loan to Tulgeen Disability Services has achieved:

Project 1 kW (solar &/or
EE equivalent)
MWh to date
Approx* CO2
avoided to date
Dollar value
of achievement
At Tulgeen Disability Services 5.71 kW 36.64 MWh 36.64 t $12,000
At subsequent projects 9.12 kW 32.40 MWh 32.40 t $16,460
Total 14.83 kW 69.04 MWh 69.04 t $28,460

Install date: 29/11/13.
Number of days in operation: 1603.

* Since the amount of CO2 avoided is highly dependent on the fuel source used for local grid electricity, and since each CORENA project is in a different location, we have used 1MWh = 1 tonne as a rough approximation across all projects.

Progress report from Tulgeen CEO, April 5, 2015

Tulgeen added an extra 3kW of solar panels in April 2015. This makes use of the extra capacity in the two 5kW inverters installed as part of the original 7kW system installed with CORENA assistance in November 2013.

From Pete Gorton, Chief Executive Officer –

Tulgeen Disability Group has added 3kW of additional SolarWorld panels to its existing 7kW system, which was purchased with support from CORENA. The system has met its goals, demonstrating savings in CO2 emissions and dollar savings. We are able to provide increased support and service diversity from our limited amount of funding, as we are wasting less on purchasing energy, to provide support for its 50 people with disability. We are keen to add more, cost-effective solar generation in the future.


This solar project has been fully funded already

People who helped pay for Project 1

2013-11-18John RollsSA$202.26
2013-11-17CANWin groupNSW$190.00
rally donations
2013-11-17Alan McMahonSA$20.00
2013-11-17Jim AllenSA$50.00
2013-11-14 12:EdNSW$25.00
2013-11-12 16:Charlene GraingerVic$20.00
2013-11-12 09:AdeleVic$50.00
2013-11-12 08:Gregson$8.00
2013-11-11 15:Faye AdamsVic$25.00
2013-11-08 14:Matthew MoateSA$100.00
2013-11-07Robyn Erwin$100.00
2013-11-06 12:Philippa RowlandSA$20.00
2013-11-06 10:raffleVic$100.00
2013-11-05 23:Original Green
(one panel)
2013-11-05 10:Michael RosenbrockVic$10.00
2013-11-03 20:Anne GleesonSA$16.00
2013-11-03 16:raffle$60.00
2013-11-02Gwen MarionSA$10.00
2013-10-29 11:raffle$100.00
2013-10-28 21:Simon JonesSA$100.00
2013-10-28 20:Michael BensonSA$100.00
2013-10-23 12:Mavis O'HaraSA$20.00
2013-10-23 12:anonSA$20.00
2013-10-21 10:BronVic$200.00
2013-10-20 11:Ben EllistonACT$50.00
2013-10-20 10:Raffle$45.00
2013-10-16Gaby JungVic$20.00
2013-10-16Michael KublerSA$50.00
2013-10-15Ian Rose$25.00
2013-10-15 16:Dave ClarkeSA$310.00
2013-10-15 10:Chris PSA$5.00
2013-10-13 21:BrennaSA$150.00
2013-10-13 08:DaveSACT$100.00
2013-10-11 20:Kate ReadNSW$50.00
2013-10-11 11:Marg and JimSA$50.00
2013-10-07 10:Karen BuxtonNSW$50.00
2013-10-06 21:Ryan KendrickQld$25.00
2013-10-03 4raffle at conferenceSA$40.00
2013-10-03 3Edward CranswickSA$10.00
2013-10-03 2AnonSA$5.60
2013-10-03 1Kathleen PatitsasSA$5.00
2013-09-29 23Mark Parnell MLCSA$20.00
2013-09-29 22Alan G.SA$20.00
2013-09-29 21BecSA$5.00
2013-09-29 20AdrianSA$5.00
2013-09-29 19RuthSA$20.00
2013-09-29 18DeborahSA$10.00
2013-09-29 17MaureenSA$5.00
2013-09-29 16B n' BSA$20.00
2013-09-29 15PaulSA$10.00
2013-09-29 14PatrickSA$5.00
2013-09-29 13PeterSA$5.00
2013-09-29 12AndrewSA$15.00
2013-09-29 11AnneSA$5.00
2013-09-29 10Sandy E.SA$20.00
2013-09-29 9TerrySA$10.00
2013-09-29 8Bradley PooleSA$50.00
2013-09-29 7DianeSA$5.00
2013-09-29 6ManfredSA$2.00
2013-09-29 5CorinaSA$10.00
2013-09-29 4MaxieSA$20.00
2013-09-29 3GeoffSA$10.00
2013-09-29 2MaureenSA$5.00
2013-09-29 1
2013-09-27 11:Andrew PhillipsVic$10.00
2013-09-24 18:I can make
a difference
2013-09-18 17:Gaby JungVic$20.00
2013-09-16 01:Michael KublerSA$50.00/mth
2013-09-06 13:John and Gae
2013-09-05 12:Jonathan Maddox
(now "1 panel")
2013-09-05 08:Bill Gresham
(now "1 panel")
2013-09-04 08:Amie B
(half panel)
2013-09-03 19:Meredith Green
(half panel)
2013-09-02 15:Deidre Knight
(now "1 panel")
2013-09-01 20:Paul Harris
(now "1 panel")
2013-08-29 09:Peter & Gill CaunceSA$100.00
2013-08-27 16:Marg and JimSA$50.00
2013-08-19 18:Gorton familyNSW$600.00
1 panel
2013-08-18 06:JillianNSW$25.00
2013-08-13 18:M OSA$50.00
2013-08-06 21:Hender familySA$600.00
1 panel
2013-08-06 15:BillACT$100.00
2013-08-04 22:Paul HarrisSA$100.00
2013-08-03 16:Corey AnderSA$1,000.00
2013-08-02 09:David HartSA$10.00
2013-08-02 01:Michael KublerSA$60.00
2013-07-29 17:Catherine MoneyVic$300.00
2013-07-29 14:AnonSA$50.00
2013-07-29 14:AJNWSA$10.00
2013-07-28 21:Michael DSA$100.00
2013-07-28 16:BroVic$10.00
2013-07-26 21:Mark SingerNSW$100.00
2013-07-24 12:Gaby JungVic$20.00
2013-07-22 09:Glynn & LizVic$100.00
2013-07-20 15:Karin PetersNSW$25.00
2013-07-20 11:Dave ClarkeSA$160.00
2013-07-15 14:David KingQld$100.00
2013-07-15 11:I will if you willSA$20.00
2013-07-09 15:Kathy CauleyVic$500.00
2013-06-27 11:Kim.JarrodSA$60.00
2013-06-26 17:Gaby JungVic$20.00
2013-06-09 18:Chooks against GASNSW$2.40
2013-05-28 18:Paul and
Donnella Bryce
2013-05-18 18:Daniel PanekTas$250.00
2013-05-11 22:Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50.00
2013-05-11 19:Bro & BeckVic$10.00
2013-05-11 14:J&PSA$50.00
2013-05-10 00:gaby jungVic$10.00/mth
2013-05-09 18:BillACT$100.00
2013-05-09 16:Denece and
David Clarke
2013-05-09 13:Hope this helpsSA$10.00
2013-05-09 12:Deidre KnightSA$416.00
2013-05-08 19:The Jones-JonesesSA$100.00
2013-05-08 18:Go People Power!!SA$240.00
Olimometer 2.52

Loan amount: $12,000
Loan repayments: Instalments of $1,000/qtr over 3 yrs
NB: This exceeds the expected quarterly savings but Tulgeen chose to complete repayment of the loan in 3 years.
Status: Funded project
1. 21/02/14, $1,000
2. 22/05/14, $1,000
3. 28/08/14, $1,000
4. 24/11/14, $1,000
5. 20/02/15, $1,000
6. 20/05/15, $1,000
7. 20/08/15, $1,000
8. 23/11/15, $1,000
9. 18/02/16, $1,000
10. 23/05/16, $1,000
11. 22/08/16, $1,000
12. 22/11/16, $1,000

Work details CostExpected savings
Total: Total:
2,517 kWh/qtr
For cheese-packing workspace:
4kW of SolarWorld Polycrystalline
250 watt panels with a
5kW SMA 'Sunny Boy' "Tripower"
three phase inverter
Total cost for both systems,
approx $18,000 ($12,000 loan from
CORENA with remainder paid
by Tulgeen themselves)
1,450 kWh/qtr
For TES Day Activities:
3kW of SolarWorld Polycrystalline
250 watt panels with a
5kW SMA 5000TL inverter
1,067 kWh/qtr