New community investment funding program for rooftop solar has met its $139,600 target in just two days, taking its total fund-raising to nearly $500,000 from four programs…The latest fund-raising program from not-for-profit group Repower Shoalhaven opened on 3pm Monday, but by the close of business on Tuesday had already met target…“We are blown away,” the organisation said in an emailed message to its supporters. “If you missed out, do not worry – hopefully Repower Five is not too far away into the new year.”
Secretary Jessica Berg says the three previous fund-raising took about a week to meet the target, but in his case half the funds had been raised within three hours. The average investment was $7,000.
Repower 4 investment project aims to install a 95kW solar project on the Nowra Bowling club, a local dairy farm and a timber yard. The businesses do not pay for the system, but do pay the solar power they use…Under the program, investors get an annual return of 5.19 per cent in interest and some of the capital back, until the system is paid off after 10 years. At the point, the system is then gifted to the business, who can then access “free solar” for the remaining lifetime of the system. Solar systems usually last 25 years or more…So far, Repower Shoalhaven has $495,000 in community investment to fund 325kW of solar on local business rooftops