Case Study: St Mary's House of Welcome

The donation of an 8Kw solar PV system will save over $3500 a year, meaning 700 extra meals can be made for those in need.

We partnered with solar neighbourhoods, a community action group, to help local residents access quality solar PV systems across the City of Yarra. The community donation aspect resulted in additional 21kW of solar PV systems made available to donate to a community organisation within the City of Yarra, donated from YEF and CommPower.

The first recipient was St Mary’s House of Welcome, which provides meals, hot showers and clothing to an average of 200 people every day, together with dignity and choice. They received an 8kW installation. We are continuing to work with our partners to develop affordable and efficient programs to help us reach more people with more options to reduce energy use and increase affordability and access to renewable energy options.

“The donation will save a small fortune on electricity costs, which can be put back into providing food and other essential services for the people who rely on St Mary’s for support”

- Tony McCosker, CEO, St Mary’s House of Welcome.

Based on a conservative estimate of our average yearly spend on electricity, we expect they will save around $3500 a year on electricity costs. This saving of $3500 means they can serve over 700 additional meals a year to people living in poverty. Over a span of ten years, that’s over 7000 meals, and a huge difference to our community. We were delighted to be able to play a part of making a lasting contribution to such a wonderful organisation.