CEFE has provided $5000 funding for a ‘battery ready’ 3 kW solar installation on Quaama RFS Shed. The installation by local contractor Lakeside Electrical was completed on April 28. Another local project supported by the earnings of the IMAGINE solar farm in Tathra
Collinton RFS Cooma
Cooma head office Polo Flat
The Bermagui Rural Fire Service brigade is now powered by the sun thanks to the donation of a photovoltaic solar system by Clean Energy for Eternity.
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.
NEW PLAQUE: Captain Greg “Macca” McLaren and Bermagui CEFE co-convenor Prue Kelly with the new plaque
Woolondiby one of the first RFS Sheds in NSW to be set up with solar panels
solar being installed on Jindabyne RFS
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.