As far as environmentally friendly goes, a nursery is pretty green. But why stop there? Welby Garden Centre is looking to the sky for inspiration – specifically, the sun.
They’ve teamed up with Highlands groups Climate Action Now Wingecarribee (CANWin) and RePower Southern Highlands to try and install solar power at Welby Garden Centre.
Run by Challenge Southern Highlands, the garden centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities.
CANWin and RePower have called for community donations to reach their goal of $10,000 to install a 12-kilowatt solar system at the centre.
While support has streamed in like rays of sunshine, the project is about $3000 short of its goal.
Challenge Southern Highlands manager Tony McElhinney said the panels would help to significantly reduce energy costs.
“It would reduce our electricity costs by about $1000 each year, and even further after 10 years,” he said. “We’re always trying to find ways to cut expenses so we can provide more opportunities to our employees and continue to support the community.”
Those wishing to donate can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.repower.net.au/southernhighlands for more information.