GENEROUS DONATION: Community Solar System Group spokesman Graham Mitchell with Keppel Sands Rural Fire first officer Barry Johnson and member Alby Wooler.
GENEROUS DONATION: Community Solar System Group spokesman Graham Mitchell with Keppel Sands Rural Fire first officer Barry Johnson and member Alby Wooler. Trish Bowman

Solar benefits for local groups

THE Community Solar System Group may have disbanded but their legacy will live on across the Capricorn Coast with generous donations to community groups saving money for years to come.

The group installed a total of 212 solar systems and, with each installation, clients were asked to make a $50 donation to be used within the community at a later date.

Every one of the 212 householders agreed to make the donation and the results have been staggering.

Group spokesman Graham Mitchell said the response from householders, who had taken advantage of the community-based group's scheme to install solar systems at a more affordable rate, had been fabulous.

"This was a community initiative that has shown the enormous level of generosity in our community," said Mr Mitchell. "We have successfully installed solar systems in four community organisations."These groups will now enjoy minimal or no electricity bills which makes a big difference these days."

Mr Mitchell said solar systems had been installed free at Emu Park RSL, Keppel Sands Rural Fire Brigade, Byfield Hall and the Artillery Road Girl Guides Association.

"It's funny really, When we started out in 2010, we hoped to raise sufficient funds to install one system for a local not-for-profit group, so to have achieved the ability to install four has made us all very proud and grateful.

We have successfully installed solar systems in four community organisations. 



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