4. Camden Community Centre, SA

Camden Community Centre works closely with local residents, groups and agencies, to facilitate personal development and a healthy community. The centre includes a child care centre, men’s shed, an op shop, and a community garden. It provides lunches and activities for the elderly and hosts a range of classes and activity groups. Website: http://www.camden.org.au/

A Green Steps energy audit was conducted recently and the community centre has already implemented the recommended energy efficiency measures. CORENA funds will help them install rooftop solar PV to further reduce their carbon emissions.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Camden Community Centre 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 two loan repayments from Camden ($1,346) to help pay that back. That money is now achieving reductions in carbon emissions via Big Win projects, but that benefit is not reflected in the table shown below.

* Since the amount of CO2 avoided is highly dependent on the fuel source used for local grid electricity, and since subsequent CORENA projects (partly funded by loan repayments from this one) are in different locations and began at various times when different carbon intensity figures applied, we have used 1MWh = 1 tonne as a very rough approximation across all projects.

This solar project is now fully funded – Thank You!

People contributing to Project 4

2015-04-07Patricia KellyQld$250.00
(now 1 panel)
2015-04-07Pete GortonNSW$77.59
2015-04-07Michael ChildsNSW$100.00
2015-04-07Jack ReesQld$399.04
2015-04-07Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-04-07Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-04-07Jacinta GreenNSW$5/month
2015-04-02Wayne Stanford -
Extra $50 for Camden
2015-04-02Simon PayneACT$100.00
2015-04-02Dave &Denece ClarkeSA$210.00
2015-04-01Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-04-01Harvey FamilySA$50.00
2015-03-31Solar by the People forum donation jarSA$215.50
2015-03-30Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-03-30Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-03-30Donation jar Camden Community HouseSA$68.15
2015-03-28John RollsSA$45/month
2015-03-27Jonathan DoigNSW$10/month
2015-03-26Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-03-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2015-03-25Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-03-25Original Green Co
(2 panels)
2015-03-23Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-03-23Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-03-23Mackenzie Davey$10/month
2015-03-22Dandenong Festival
donation jar
2015-03-20David LloydSA$25/month
2015-03-18Christine AndersonSA$500.00
(1 panel)
2015-03-18Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-03-17Sarah and Steven McCabeWA$20/month
2015-03-17Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.18/month
2015-03-16Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-03-16Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-03-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2015-03-16Marty BoothNSW$60/month
2015-03-16Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2015-03-16Frank LinQld$10/month
2015-03-13Stu (JM Powershop referral)Vic$75.00
2015-03-13Gabriel NoronhaNSW$10/month
2015-03-12Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-03-11Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-03-09Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-03-09Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-03-04Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-03-04Jacinta GreenNSW$5/month
2015-03-02Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-03-02Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-02-28John RollsSA$45/month
2015-02-27Jonathan DoigNSW$10/month
2015-02-26Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-02-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2015-02-25Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-02-23Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-02-23Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-02-23Mackenzie Davey$10/month
2015-02-20David LloydSA$25/month
2015-02-20Project 1, Tulgeen loan repaymentNSW$1,000.00
2015-02-20Project 2, Gawler loan repaymentSA$2,119.45
2015-02-18Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-02-17Sarah and Steven McCabeWA$20/month
2015-02-17Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.18/month
2015-02-16Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-02-16Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-02-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2015-02-16Marty BoothNSW$60/month
2015-02-16Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2015-02-16Frank LinQld$10/month
2015-02-13Loan from Big Win
project funds
2015-02-13Gabriel NoronhaNSW$10/month
2015-02-12Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-02-12Margaret Penfold-NewtonSA$200.00
2015-02-11Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-02-09Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-02-09Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-02-05Nick CumboVic$5.00
2015-02-04Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-02-04Jacinta GreenNSW$5/month
2015-02-02Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-02-02Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-02-02William WeertsQld$50.00
2015-01-31Gift Marina EtheringtonNSW$30.00
2015-01-31John RollsSA$45/month
2015-01-29Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-01-29Jonathan DoigNSW$10/month
2015-01-28Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-01-27Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-01-27Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-01-27Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2015-01-23Mackenzie Davey$10/month
2015-01-23Bill Gresham
(offsets power used from grid)
2015-01-22Mike CraddockNSW$100.00
2015-01-21Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-01-20David LloydSA$25/month
2015-01-20Stu (Tim H Powershop credit)Vic$50.00
2015-01-19Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-01-19Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-01-19Sarah and Steven McCabeWA$20/month
2015-01-17Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.22
2015-01-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2015-01-16Frank LinQld$10/month
2015-01-15Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-01-15Tim HVic$50.00
2015-01-15Gabriel NoronhaNSW$10/month
2015-01-15Marty BoothNSW$60/month
2015-01-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2015-01-14Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-01-12Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-01-12Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-01-07Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-01-05Barb FreyWA$8/week
2015-01-05Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-01-05Jacinta GreenNSW$5/month
2015-01-02Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2014-12-31Peter WadeQld$11/week
2014-12-30Anna ChildsNSW$50.00
2014-12-29Barb FreyWA$8/week
2014-12-29Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2014-12-29Original Green Co
(1 panel)
2014-12-29Jonathan DoigNSW$10/month
2014-12-29Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2014-12-29Nick CumboVic$70.80
2014-12-28Kris Kringle for
Paul Crawford
& Adam Smith
2014-12-24Peter WadeQld$11/week
2014-12-23Mackenzie Davey$10/month
2014-12-22Gift for Wayne
2014-12-22Matt FarrellSA$50.00
2014-12-22David LloydSA$25/month
2014-12-22Barb FreyWA$8/week
2014-12-22Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2014-12-22Bill GreshamACT$100.00
2014-12-22Chris SimmonsSA$100.00
2014-12-18Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2014-12-17Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.22
2014-12-17Jack ReesQld$3.87
Olimometer 2.52

Loan amount: $17,900
Loan repayments: $673/quarter
Status: Funded project
Loan repayments completed:

Note: The cost of this project is high for a 7.8kW system due to several atypical factors. It is really two separate systems, one for the child care area and one for the main office area, meaning two new input-output meters are required. Micro-inverters, which make the project a bit more expensive, are used so that the inverters are well out of reach of the children, and some extra electrical upgrade work is required to enable solar to be installed. Despite this, the project is reasonably cost effective due to the high rate currently paid for grid electricity, and it will pay for itself in 6.9 years.

Work details CostExpected savings
Total: $17,900Total: 11,731 kWh/year
7.8kW Solar PV installed on 2 separate circuits with 30 x 260W Trina Honey panels with Enphase micro-inverters$14,25011,388 kWh/year
2 x input-output meters$1,300
Electrical upgrade work required in order to enable solar installation$2,000
LED lights and downlight covers to replace 4 existing downlights$350343kWh/year

Thanks to Tom and Rachel of Down to Earth Sustainable Solutions. They provide environmental and energy efficiency services in SA, and generously volunteered their time to assess requirements, seek quotes, and organise work details for this project.