Solar installation

Wesley Uniting Church

in Forrest, ACT

 10/06/2010 Letter about solar panels from Gordon Ramsey, Presbytery Chairman

TO: churches in and near Canberra

Subject: Message to Churches - Faith Groups Solar Bulk Buy

I urge you to promote the involvement of people within the Presbytery in the Canberra-based Faith Groups Solar Bulk Buy, first proposed by SEE-Change, because there is an underlying benefit for groups to form and pool their individual interest. In short, for every 30 systems organised by Presbytery, the preferred supplier will provide one 1.5kW solar grid power system to an eligible community project nominated by Presbytery. As things currently stand, the Presbytery is likely to have 60, or possibly 90 or 120 systems. Please also involve friends, family, community groups, etc, and churches, with this well-priced bulk buy, and they can count to the group total. The offer is open until 30 June 2010.

Apart from obvious environmental benefits, grid-connected solar electric systems return a financial benefit to the owner through the difference between the higher "Feed In Tariff" and the lower domestic consumption rate we pay for electricity. The tariff pay-back period is about 4-6 years. Various government benefits can also be accessed including the Green Loan (4 years interest free, up to $10,000).

Please see the extensive information available on the Presbytery web site and contact the organiser, Peter Ellis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 6254 0262, to get further information or express your interest.

Gordon Ramsay

Presbytery Chairman

02/02/2011  Our solar panels are feeding power into the grid

Our 162 solar panels are now feeding power into the grid. Since being switched on at lunchtime on Monday 2 August 2010, we have averaged almost 100 Kwh per day into the grid. This figure is expected to double in summer. In the first 6 months of operation we have generated 24.3 Megawatt-hours of electricity worth $11,105.00

01/08/2010 Our Solar Panels are now installed

Photo by David Thiem

02/02/2010 UCA Canberra Presbytery Letter Explaining the Group Concept by Peter Ellis

Faith Groups Solar Bulk Buy

on 2 February 2010

27th January 2010 (updated 2 Feb 10)


I am the UCA Presbytery of Canberra Region coordinator for a bulk buy of solar power systems. Please give this your consideration, and contact me for more information.

PLEASE NOTE that this deal is openly available to people who simply want to align themselves to our bulk-buy group.

Over the last several months a local community action group, SEE-Change, has been promoting its third bulk buy of solar power systems, this time reaching out to “faith groups” in the Canberra region.

SEE-Change (the ‘SEE’ in SEE-Change stands for Society, the Environment and the Economy) is a community, not-for-profit group that supports and inspires people to join together and act in a sustainable way. Its activities are practical, and based on local Canberra realities. In addition, its aim is to create workable project models to be picked up by other community groups Australia-wide. See more at

The SEE-Change Interfaith Committee has announced that six excellent proposals have been received from local renewable energy suppliers, both in terms of the prices for those installations and the strength of their ability to install your solar energy systems professionally and within a reasonable time frame.

The committee then selected three of these companies to outline the strengths of their proposals and to answer further questions posed to them by the committee. From these, a preferred supplier was selected:

Pyramid Power (Pyramid Power corporate brochure 160kB PDF) which began its corporate life in the Bega area of the Presbytery of Canberra Region, and has grown into the Canberra market in recent times. It employs some 65 people within area covered by the Presbytery, sources its product from acknowledged leading suppliers, trains local apprentices under its trades people, and now has three offices including Queanbeyan.

A meeting was held on Wednesday 27 January 2010, at the Wesley Music Centre, where SEE-Change and Pyramid Power presented the preferred supplier’s deal.

Please note that it is still possible for other interested potential customers (either households or faith communities) to join the bulk buy project.


01/08/2010 Brochures on Solar Equipment Used By Pyramid Power:

The Solar Panels

The 10 Kw Inverters