Canberra Times: Barnardos gifted solar system

Barnardos ACT is the third local community organisation to receive a 5.4kW rooftop solar panel system from ActewAGL through its solar grants program. The gesture is expected to save the children’s charity $1000 a year.

It follows the same donation to community groups Pegasus and Rise Above, with more to follow. Twenty panels have been installed at each of the three sites. ActewAGL general manager retail Ayesha Razzaq said the solar panels were given to community groups through the company’s energy support fund.

"At the heart of the fund is our ongoing promise to support local community groups like Barnardos ACT that provide such a vital service,’’she said. 

Barnardos ACT manager Michael Dunne said the savings would be re-directed to support programs for children,young people and families.

"We are supporting, on average, 100 families in our family support programs, 40 young people in our mentoring/tutoring programs, and 90 young people in our youth homelessness programs,’’ he said.

(This article was first published in the Canberra Times.)

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