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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Brightening Batemans Bay Heritage Museum’s Future Stage 1

Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) recently secured a Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Strengthening Rural Communities Grant for $22,578. This grant funded a project titled Brightening Batemans Bay Heritage Museum's Future Stage 1.

Ewan Morrison, Honorary Pres said “The Museum was being adversely impacted by rapidly increasing electricity costs and also have plans to enhance its operations which will increase energy usage. As a volunteer run organisation, the Museum has limited revenue capability but has a high maintenance site to maintain. The viability of the Museum requires a reduction in operational costs. A key area to do this is reducing electricity costs by producing the Museum's electricity via roof top solar system. The Museum operates when the sun is shining, ie during daylight hours.”

SHASA's business partner Micro Energy Systems (MESA) has just installed a 14.94 kW PV solar system and a Catchpower diverter for the hot water service.

MESA will also be providing annual preventative maintenance for up to 3 years to keep the system in tip top condition.

Kathryn Maxwell, SHASA President said “SHASA has now installed solar on 18 community facilities across the Eurobodalla as part of its community sector resilience program. The Batemans Bay Heritage Museum is the 10th SHASA project funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.”



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