Nimbin Community Solar Farm

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A project of the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre in partnership with Rainbow Power Company, generating sustainable employment in Nimbin.

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The Outcome

The 45kW Solar Farm was installed on the rooftops of six community-owned buildings and now generates 61,000 kW/h per annum, which is the equivalent of 23 average households.

Furthermore, the farm created three permanent jobs, three short-term jobs, one traineeship and five work experience placements.

The solar farm, in conjunction with 55 grid interactive solar systems installed in the village in 2008, as well as hundreds of stand alone solar systems powering homes not on the grid would make Nimbin one of the most energy conscious communities in Australia.

The Supporters

Natalie Meyer and RPC staff

Natalie Meyer (right) - one of the driving forces*

The project was initiated and driven by Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre.

The plans for the farm were designed by Rainbow Power Company, and legal advice was provided by the Environmental Defenders Office, Lismore and Holding & Redlich Lawyers, Sydney.

The panels were mounted on the rooftops of these community organisations:


* Also pictured (from left): Paul O'Reilly, Adrian Winkler and John Davis from Rainbow Power Company; Paul Le Bars and Lisa Lucken from the Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre. Photo by Cathy Adams, courtesy of Northern Star.

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.