The first Sunshine project has been successfully completed. The object was to raise $6,000 towards the supply and installation of a rooftop solar system for Earth Recovery Katoomba to reduce its energy costs for the next 20 years, allowing it to direct financial resources to assist people-in-need. Earth Recovery feeds, clothes and supports people in-need in the Blue Mountains http://earthrecoveryaustralia.org.au.
Ecoprofit, working with the Katoomba Rotary Club, successfully raised the $6,000. One $ of each carbon offset sold under the Sunshine Project was donated for the solar system.
Rotary International matched dollar for dollar money raised effectively donating half the funds. The balance was contributed by locals including Bendigo Bank, BMRenew, Cr Kerry Brown on behalf of the Blue Mountains City Council, Ramsay family, Theo Poulos Real Estate and many other small businesses and households, with the system installed by Winmalee based E-Smart Solar.
At the cutting of the ribbon ceremony, Rosa del Ponte, director of Earth Recovery, thanked Ecoprofit, the Uniting Church for the support given to allow the agency to operate and Rotary for the solar panels which would power the community kitchen and support facilities. State member of parliament, Trish Doyle, acknowledged the critical work Earth Recovery provides to the Blue Mountains community. She also acknowledged the great work by Winton Evers of Ecoprofit to “make the project happen”.
The projected annual energy cost saving to that organisation is $1,500 per annum initially, increasing year on year. Now free sunshine can be the energy source for a significant part of their energy consumption.
The Clean Development Mechanism project selected for the majority of the offsets acquired for the Katoomba project was the construction of 7.52 MW bundled solar facilities in Madhya Pradesh, India. Advantages of the project include:
- Per annum it will displace 11,278,000 kWh of coal fired generated electricity.
- The project activity will lead to alleviation of poverty by generating additional employment, investment in the region and contribution to provision of basic amenities to people.