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• Salvos to open solar farm

The Basin site has been owned by The Salvation Army since the 1890s.

The Basin site in Victoria, owned by The Salvation Army since the 1890s, will soon be home to the Salvos’ very first solar farm.

The farm will add five megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy into the Army’s capacity every year while also providing long-term cost-saving benefits.

Due to open in late 2024, the solar farm will add more energy to the existing 2.8MW of solar energy generated across Salvos rooftops, bringing our total solar capacity up to 7.8MW – enough energy to power approximately 6240 homes.

It is expected to reduce the Army’s carbon emissions from electricity by 60 per cent in Victoria. This will significantly move the Army closer to its emissions reduction plans.

The Basin will be home to the Salvos’ first solar farm.

The solar farm will support the Army’s environmental policy – as people made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we have been entrusted with the care of the earth’s resources (Genesis 2:15). This drives the Army to demonstrate sound stewardship of these resources to ensure the wellbeing of present and future generations.

The solar farm is also expected to have a positive social impact due to the likelihood of increased demand for Salvos services with the ever-increasing intensity and frequency of natural disasters. By having its own energy source, the Army can reduce its reliance on power sourced from the grid and meet the increased demand for its frontline services.

More information will be shared over the coming months as this exciting project progresses.


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