Gateway Solar and Battery Project a Success

When the community, State & Federal Governments combine for community & environmental good

Sunshine Project for Community Inc has managed to procure/raise the funds needed for the installation of a 7.9kW solar system and Tesla Powerwall battery at the operational premise of Gateway Family Services at Old Bathurst Road, Blaxland. Gateway is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to providing invaluable services for families-in-need in the Blue Mountains and Penrith areas.

“A special thanks goes to Trish Doyle and Susan Templeman, with community grants facilitated through their offices, vital for the funding of the solar system and battery for Gateway,” said Winton Evers, President of Sunshine Project.

“A special thanks also goes to all the people and businesses who contributed to Sunshine Project, via our carbon neutral and bottle recycling programs. These contributions have been invaluable in getting the solar/battery project done.”

Trish Doyle MP added: “This project is a great example of how collaboration between solar and the community sectors can produce both environmental and economic benefits. I am thrilled to have been able to access Community Building Partnership grant funding to ensure its success. I congratulate Winton Evers and the Sunshine Project and Gateway”.

Winton Evers went on to say: “As for the proposed Tesla Powerwall battery for Gateway, I am happy to announce that we have won a Federal grant through Susan Templeman’s office to achieve this end”.

The battery add-on will mean Gateway becomes a nanogrid i.e. it will have power even when the grid is down. It is part of a longer-term plan to make Gateway a safer neighbourhood place in emergencies. “Energy independence is a vital part when the grid goes down in a weather event.” Winton added.

Ms Templeman said: “I want to congratulate Winton and the team he has put together, for their collaborative thinking to build community resilience. It is a model project for other community organisations, and I am pleased to see that it involves multiple tiers of funding, which is the only way to pull projects like this together at the moment. The Federal Energy Efficient Communities Program is a welcome way to help businesses and community organisations save energy and lower their bills, however it was only available to two projects in the electorate on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Ms Templeman continued: “There are multiple projects around energy efficiency and renewables that community groups are keen to rollout, and what the Gateway project shows is that you can get local businesses to drive innovation with collaboration, you bring about energy savings and increase reliability, and you lower the ongoing overheads for community organisations who are trying to do more with less.”