The two installations will take place next week and the launch will be marked with an event at the yacht club on March 5.
“We wanted to have a residential system and one installed for an organisation or business to be able to show people how it all works,” Dunsborough Community Energy Project lead activator Emma Morgan said.
The power plant will see up to 1000 solar and battery systems installed in properties across the region, then leased back from the not-for-profit DCEP for a flat fee.
The plant is being funded by Swiss sustainable investor SUSI, and once the initial $12.5 million investment is paid back, profits will go to a community fund.
Commodore Peter Hales said he had big ambitions for the ocean-front clubhouse, but keeping costs down was imperative to seeing them through.
The premises are owned by the City and house the yacht club, which also hosts yoga classes and surfing and other groups.
“It’s a really great spot with lots of potential,” Mr Hales said.
“And we have the best anchorage for 100 miles.
“In the long term, we’ll be saving on bills and it also gives us the chance to have a say on how the fund will be spent.”
Ms Morgan thanked the City for supporting the project and approving the clubhouse installation.
The launch night begins at 5pm. Guests will be able to hear more about the project while enjoying drinks and canapes.
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Article courtesy of Busselton-Dunsborough Times; published 22 February 2019