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Strathbogie Shire Council has hit week 15 of the 12-month Bogie Bulk Buy solar program.

In more than three months, a total of 392kW of solar panelling has been installed, or is scheduled to be installed.

This will see an estimated 18734tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided during the life of these solar systems, which are predicted to be active for 30 years.

The community’s investment in the Bogie Bulk Buy in the past 15 weeks will mean an additional $176000 remaining in local pockets each year — that’s more than half a million kilowatt hours not being sourced from and paid to energy companies.

Strathbogie Shire Council was one of 35 councils to sign the Cities Power Partnership back in July this year.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said it had been great to see the community embrace the initiative.

‘‘Council is so pleased to have been able to smooth the way for our residents to explore and invest in their energy futures,’’ she said.

‘‘Programs like these are all about enabling our residents to gain the knowledge and advice they need to make informed decisions about matters impacting their lives.’’

This article first appeared in the Shepparton News on 4 November 2017