Solar solution for village

COBAKI Broadwater Village may be one of the Tweed's most environmentally-friendly communities, with one third of residents switching to solar power.

The village for people aged over 50 has had 110 homes take advantage of the Federal Government's Solar Hot Water Rebate Program and a further 30 systems are due for installation this month.

The installation of solar hot water systems has allowed residents to help protect the environment, provide a boost to the local economy and raise valuable funds for Camp Quality.

Fieldforce Services, the company responsible for the installation, has so far raised $700 for Camp Quality, operations manager Dean Jones said.

“We have been able to employ a mix of 19 fulltime and casual workers within the program which in these economic times is a great result for business on the Tweed,” Mr Jones said.

“We are also delighted to contribute money from each installation to such an important charity like Camp Quality.”

Richmond MP Justine Elliot praised the residents at Cobaki as “eco-heroes” and recently paid tribute to them for making a personal contribution to fighting climate change.

“This is a fantastic local community initiative,” Ms Elliot said.

“I commend the residents for doing their bit to help save our environment and stimulate the local economy by providing jobs.”

Ms Elliot said protecting the environment can be as simple as making these small, practical changes to the way people live their lives.

“Showers are the biggest users of hot water in most homes and by installing solar hot water systems you can save the environment and also your family money.”

The rebate has been extended and increased from $1000 to $1600.

Eligible households can replace existing electric hot water systems in existing homes with solar and heat pump hot water systems. Visit

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