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Solar Mates: bulk solar purchasing

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 13th, 2009

An invitation from the Solar Mates group founders, Maria and Lea.

Due to the changes to the solar rebate funding, an updated notice was issued by Solar Mates in August.  Read it here.

Whitehorse 2 Solar, the solar-power bulk-buying neighbourhood group, was such a success that another group has been organised to help people apply for rebates, purchase solar and assist individuals and businesses who aren’t eligible for rebates.   Through negotiations with other companies, a new offer has been made available for people to register before the government rebate runs out next week.


photos: Solar Panel; Solar Array; Solar Panels via flickr

Solar Mates is an independent consumer group which negotiates with solar companies and buys quality solar technologies at bulk prices.  They also share their experience and knowledge with new consumers, allowing them to avoid common pitfalls like failing to have a site inspection before purchase (a prerequisite for the government rebate).

“…an excellent idea, enabling individual environmentally-conscious households to join together and significantly reduce solar panel costs, making solar energy more affordable for our communitys working families… ” Letter to the Editor, Whitehorse Leader (20th April) from Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm.

Contact Lea on 0414 656 590 OR Maria on 0417 918 515 or contact us at solarmates@