Farmers score affordable solar thanks to new partnership

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Farmers can often still run sheep on solar farms (Image: Shutterstock)

Smart Commercial Solar has formed a new partnership with NSW Farmers, providing over 6,500 farmers with innovative and cost-effective renewable energy solutions.

NSW Farmers is the leading representative body for farmers and rural communities in New South Wales, advocating for their interests and supporting sustainable, profitable farming practices.

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The organisation has been concerned about the rising energy prices impacting its members for some time and recognised that solar and storage solutions are the most cost-efficient and clean way to address this problem.

NSW Farmers members will get exclusive benefits when choosing Smart Commercial Solar for their solar and storage projects. While the specific benefits are tailored to meet the needs of each member, they generally include favourable terms for PPAs, access to discounts on battery energy storage solutions and other advantages designed to make renewable energy more accessible and cost-effective.

Smart Commercial Solar general manager Max Stenning said, “We are thrilled to partner with NSW Farmers, reflecting our core values of making power affordable for those who need it most. Supporting primary producers to reduce risk and costs aligns perfectly with our mission. This collaboration allows us to deliver innovative energy solutions that empower farmers to achieve energy independence and resilience.”

Since 2012, Smart Commercial Solar has been delivering solar and storage systems that have yielded strong financial outcomes for more than 1,600 Australian farms and businesses.

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Led by agrivoltaics expert Huon Hoogesteger, the company has a proven track record of pioneering solutions, including the introduction of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Australia.

PPAs allow businesses to access solar power with zero upfront costs, providing a stable and affordable energy supply. This model is particularly beneficial for regional NSW, where high energy prices have significantly impacted business operations.

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