Haystacks is Australia’s first large scale solar garden, enabling everyone to participate in the clean energy revolution whether or not they have access to a sunny rooftop – pioneering a way for locked out energy users to access renewable energy.
Haystacks solar garden is being constructed on a farm in the Riverina of NSW and invites anyone across the state to become members of the cooperative, the owner of the solar farm that will provide on-bill credits to members via a partner retailer.
This is a partnership between leading community energy organisation Pingala, solar developer Komo Energy and community-led energy initiatives experts Community Power Agency. It is unique in the way benefits will be allocated directly onto consumer’s electricity bills through their participation in the solar garden.
Solar gardens are a popular model overseas but this will be the first large-scale project in Australia, allowing 333 previously locked out energy users to join the clean energy revolution.
Not only do solar gardens make renewables accessible to more people, they can help combat rising energy costs and contribute to the decarbonisation of the economy.
For anyone who wants to use solar energy but can’t because the rent, live in an apartment, or have a shaded roof, this project provides a solution.