Clean Energy For Eternity gifts solar panels to Quaama and Kiah fire sheds

WELCOME DONATION: Celebrating the installation of solar panels on Kiah's fire shed are RFS Superintendent John Cullen, the fire brigade's Jeff Browning, CEFE's Derek Povel and Lakeside Electrical's Paul Palacios. Picture: Supplied
WELCOME DONATION: Celebrating the installation of solar panels on Kiah's fire shed are RFS Superintendent John Cullen, the fire brigade's Jeff Browning, CEFE's Derek Povel and Lakeside Electrical's Paul Palacios. Picture: Supplied

Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE) has provided solar panels to power the Kiah and Quaama fire sheds, with the aim of supporting the communities in both regions as well as the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).

With the $10,000 for the project coming from CEFE donations and the net earnings from the Tathra Community Solar Farm, two 3.3kilowatt solar panel systems have now been been installed at both fire sheds.

CEFE project manager and secretary Prue Kelly said the panels will cover the sheds' power requirements under normal circumstances.

"We wanted to show our support for the Kiah community, which has been so badly affected [in summer's fires]," she said.

SCARS OF THE FIRE: Fire damage can be seen on the Kiah Rural Fire Brigade's shed. Picture: Supplied

SCARS OF THE FIRE: Fire damage can be seen on the Kiah Rural Fire Brigade's shed. Picture: Supplied

"The people in Kiah are very depressed, they went through a heck of a lot.

"Quaama is a different story, as more attention has been given to the Cobargo region.

"I feel they are responding much better than poor Kiah."

The panels were provided to Quaama in June while those in Kiah were installed in September.

Dr Matthew Nott from CEFE looks on as solar panels are installed on the Quaama RFS shed.

Dr Matthew Nott from CEFE looks on as solar panels are installed on the Quaama RFS shed.

Ms Kelly said earlier this year CEFE renewed its memorandum of understanding with Bega Valley Shire Council regarding the Tathra Community Solar Farm, adding a "significant" clause.

The clause means the net savings from any installation on RFS shed or public building will go to CEFE to be channelled back to that particular brigade, which Ms Kelly said was "very generous" of council to do.

She said Lakeside Electrical supplied the solar panels and installation at both Quaama and Kiah fire sheds.

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