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
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 three loan repayments from Moss Vale ($900) 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.
|Project 8||kW (solar &/or
|MWh to date
avoided to date
|At Moss Vale community garden||2.12 kW||10.36 MWh||10.36 t||$6,000|
|At subsequent projects||3.31 kW||4.46 MWh||4.46 t||$4,209|
|Total||5.43 kW||14.82 MWh||14.82 t||$10,209|
Switch on date: 17/02/16.
Number of days in operation: 1223.
* 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).
People contributing to Project 8
|2015-11-03||Flower sales DT & MM||NSW||$250.00|
|2015-11-03||Matching: DT & MM||$250.00 ($124.27 in next project)|
|2015-11-03||GreenUps donation jar||NSW||$51.80|
|2015-11-03||Matching: J Marks||$50.00|
|2015-11-03||Gaston (2 panels!)||Vic||$973.70|
|2015-11-03||Matching: L Mars||$19.18|
|2015-11-02||Matching: R Bailey||$200.00|
|2015-11-02||Matching (D Castelford)||$8.00|
|2015-11-01||Hobart donation jar||Tas||$15.00|
|2015-11-01||Matching: 1/11 new Tas donations||$65.00|
|2015-10-31||Matching: 31/10 new Tas donations||$130.00|
|2015-10-26||CANWin and MVCG donation jars at H&G Show||NSW||$80.00|
|2015-10-26||Matching: (H&G Show)||$80.00|
|2015-10-26||Matching (D Castelford)||$8.00|
|2015-10-24||2nd loan repayment from Project 4, Camden Community Centre||$673.00|
|2015-10-19||Matching (D Castelford)||$8.00|
|2015-10-19||Jean Pierre Redestorff||$19.18/month|
|2015-10-15||Matching (G Werner)||$9.44|
|2015-09-30||Phillip & Judy Marshall||NSW||$100.00|
Loan amount: $6,000
Loan repayments: $300/quarter
Status: Funded project
Loan repayments received so far:
|Work details||Cost||Expected savings|
|- 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.