Last week solar panels were installed on the Tarraganda Rural Fire Service shed. It is the seventh fire shed in SE NSW to be set up with solar panels. The panels were funded as a result of a recent Pyramid Power bulk buy deal, and proceeds from the last two CEFE Bega River Big Swim’s.
Clean Energy For Eternity will endeavor to assist all 200 Fire Sheds in NSW get solar panels on their roof-tops by 2020.
The Tarraganda RFS are actively looking for new members.
The donation of the solar system by CEFE was officially recognised last week with a plaque attached to the side of the fire shed. Around $3400 was raised during the Bermagui River Big Swim – part of CEFE’s LifeSaving Energy Big Swim series which attracted entries from Tathra, Bega, Bermagui, Canberra and Batemans Bay.
Major sponsors of the swim included the Bermagui Pharmacy and Essential Energy, while swimmers raised funds themselves including Bermagui CEFE member Lynda Cantrill, who collected $350 for completing the 5km swim. The Bermagui RFS brigade themselves got involved taking out fire pumps on boats to give a water spray over the swimmers. The Bermagui Lions Club was also involved on the day.
“We want to thank Clean Energy for Eternity for all their hard work,” captain Greg McLaren said, adding that the solar panels would mean cheaper power bills for the brigade.
The brigade as always is keen to get the word out that it needs new volunteers. Find out more by attending the brigade?s regular training evenings at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month, or call the Bega fire control centre on 6494 7400
SUNSHINE DONATION: Bermagui RFS brigade members Maggie McKinney, Kevin Riley, Derric Wagstaff, Captain Greg ?Macca? McLaren and Rosemary Lewis with Bermagui CEFE co-convenor Prue Kelly, Bermagui Pharmacy?s Marian Manning and CEFE member Lynda Cantrill.
At the official opening of the new Tathra RFS shed on , the head of the South Coast RFS John Cullen announced CEFE’s intention to get all 200 Rural Fire Sheds in SE NSW set up with renewable energy by 2020.
It is hoped that money generated from solar panels installed on fire sheds will be donated towards further installations. With recent changes to the NSW Feed-In-Tariff legislation, there is considerable uncertainty about the project, but one way or another CEFE will work with the RFS to achieve its goal.
Jason Lewington, senior deputy captain with the Tathra Fire Brigade (left), and firefighter Max Cook, had a closer look at the recently installed solar panels on the Tathra fire shed. The 2kw system was paid for by the bulk-buy deal and the CEFE Big River Swims.