THE Bega Valley's first community-owned solar farm is being launched on Saturday at 8am at the Tathra Treatment Plant.
Joint venture partners Bega Valley Shire Council and Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE) will sign a memorandum of understanding for construction of CEFE's “IMAGINE” solar array to help power the Tathra Treatment Plant.
The BVSC and CEFE have each committed $25,000 as primary funding for this project.
The Tathra Mountain Bike Club is supporting CEFE by donating a proportion of net proceeds from the annual Tathra Enduro Mountain Bike Race, which is being held this weekend.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has also pledged $5000.
"What outstanding community commitment, illustrating the determination of the Bega Valley to protect our environment by taking advantage of our abundant natural resources," CEFE project manager Prue Kelly said.
"And it's widely acknowledged in other parts of Australia that Tathra is leading by example.
"Only a couple of weeks ago we announced the sale of solar panels at $250 each.
“Since then individuals, families and businesses have bought one whole letter and more than half the solar panels that form the letter "I".
“However, we have a long way to go to completion, hopefully within 12 months, and so invite everyone to think about buying a panel…or a letter!
“It feels good and it's tax deductible.”
Names of all donors and sponsors will be prominently displayed at the treatment plant for the 25-year life of the solar installation.
"CEFE thanks the hundreds of volunteers of all ages who make the Tathra Mountain Bike Club's Tathra Enduro possible,” Ms Kelly said.
“Without them there would be no world-class track and no world-class event, and we also thank Tathra Golf Club for opening their doors and making us all welcome for the weekend."
For inquiries call 0418 161 547.