8. Moss Vale Community Garden, NSW

Quick Win project No. 8: Moss Vale Community Garden

Moss Vale Community Garden (NSW) is a place where the community can gather to grow and share healthy food whilst developing supportive friendships. The community garden aims include being a demonstration site for sustainable technologies relating to building materials, energy & water capture and use as well as diverse, permaculture & organic food production strategies.
This wil be CORENA’s first off-grid solar installation. The community garden currently has no electricity on site, so this installation will enable them to expand their activities and will function as a demonstration site for off-grid power. www.mossvalecommunitygarden.org.au, https://www.facebook.com/MossValeCommunityGarden
Regional partner CANWin are assisting with this project.
Manuel Cilia of Cilectric has carefully designed the off-grid system to suit the needs of the community garden and is donating his time to install it.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Moss Vale Community Garden so far

As of 24/04/17, the loan to Moss Vale community garden has achieved:

Project 8 kW (solar &/or
EE equivalent)
MWh to date
Approx* CO2
avoided to date
Dollar value
of achievement
At Moss Vale community garden 2.12 kW 3.66 MWh 3.66 t $6,000
At subsequent projects 0.39 kW 0.34 MWh 0.34 t $691
Total 2.51 kW 4.00 MWh 4.00 t $6,691

Install date: 17/02/16.
Number of days in operation: 432.

* 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.

Huge thank you to Embark for matching contributions from new donors (from Oct 15).

This project is now fully funded – Thank You!

People contributing to Project 8

2015-11-03Flower sales DT & MMNSW$250.00
2015-11-03Matching: DT & MM$250.00 ($124.27 in next project)
2015-11-03GreenUps donation jarNSW$51.80
2015-11-03Matching: GreenUps$51.80
2015-11-03John MarksNSW$50.00
2015-11-03Matching: J Marks$50.00
2015-11-03Matching: Jo$100.00
2015-11-03Gaston (2 panels!)Vic$973.70
2015-11-03Matching: Gaston$973.70
2015-11-03Tim HVic$48.40
2015-11-03Lorraine MarsTas$19.18
2015-11-03Matching: L Mars$19.18
2015-11-02Russell BaileyTas$200.00
2015-11-02Matching: R Bailey$200.00
2015-11-02David CastlefordSA$8/week
2015-11-02Matching (D Castelford)$8.00
2015-11-02Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-11-01Hobart donation jarTas$15.00
2015-11-01Jess Fuller-SmithTas$50.00
2015-11-01Matching: 1/11 new Tas donations$65.00
2015-10-31Matching: 31/10 new Tas donations $130.00
2015-10-31MaryAnne SkittTas$20.00
2015-10-31Michael AbishekTas$50.00
2015-10-31John MooreTas$20.00
2015-10-31Jen CalderTas$20.00
2015-10-29Nick CumboVic$9.21
2015-10-28John RollsSA$45/month
2015-10-28Peter WadeQld$11/week
(one panel)
2015-10-26CANWin and MVCG donation jars at H&G ShowNSW$80.00
2015-10-26Matching: (H&G Show)$80.00
2015-10-26David CastlefordSA$8/week
2015-10-26Matching (D Castelford)$8.00
2015-10-26Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-10-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2015-10-242nd loan repayment from Project 4, Camden Community Centre $673.00
2015-10-23Mackenzie Davey$10/month
2015-10-22Wayne StanfordSA$25/fortnight
2015-10-21Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-10-20David LloydSA$25/month
2015-10-19David CastlefordSA$8/week
2015-10-19Matching (D Castelford)$8.00
2015-10-19Laquorious DeeSA$10/week
2015-10-19Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.18/month
2015-10-16Gabriel NoronhaNSW$10/month
2015-10-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2015-10-15Greta WernerNSW$9.44
2015-10-15Matching (G Werner)$9.44
2015-10-15Nick CumboVic$17.91
2015-10-15Marty BoothNSW$60/month
2015-10-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2015-10-14Peter WadeQld$11/week
2015-09-30Phillip & Judy MarshallNSW$100.00
2015-09-30Jill CockramNSW$100.00
2015-09-29Adrienne WestmanNSW$97.10
2015-09-25Nathan BurkeNSW$100.00
2015-09-18Keith MewesNSW$50.00
Olimometer 2.52

Loan amount: $6,000
Loan repayments: $300/quarter
Status: Funded project
Loan repayments received so far:
1. 01/04/16, $300
2. 02/06/16, $300
3. 19/09/16, $300
4. 05/01/17, $300
5. 15/03/17, $300

Work details CostExpected savings
Totals:$8,498.20Approx 4,380kWh/yr
- 12 x Suntech STP250/20/WD-SPC 250w polypanel panels (3kw)
- Clenergy Solar railing and earthing system to suit
- Solar conduit and dc cabling
- 1 x SMA 3000TL-21
- 1 x SMA sunny island 4.4kw inverter/charger
- 8 x hoppecke 6v 250amp/h gel batteries
- Cabinets to house batteries
($6,000 loan from CORENA, with the remainder to be paid by the community garden)
Since there is currently no power at the site, loan repayments have been set to enable the 5-year payback time that is typical of other projects.