Rocky Hall firies gifted solar panels, battery storage by CEFE, community support

Solar panels and battery storage is installed at the Rocky Hall RFS brigade shed on Monday, May 10.
Solar panels and battery storage is installed at the Rocky Hall RFS brigade shed on Monday, May 10.

Rocky Hall's small but hard-working volunteer firefighter brigade has received a welcome boost with solar panels and storage batteries installed on their shed in recent days.

Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE) is continuing its program of installing solar power and storage options on public buildings and fire sheds across the district.

The latest to benefit from the investment in renewables was the Rocky Hall Rural Fire Brigade.

Solar panels and battery storage is installed at the Rocky Hall RFS brigade shed on Monday, May 10.

Solar panels and battery storage is installed at the Rocky Hall RFS brigade shed on Monday, May 10.

A 3.7kW solar system now adorns the RFS brigade's roof and a connected battery will provide up to five hours of emergency backup power should mains be cut for any reason.

CEFE project manager Prue Kelly said because Rocky Hall was "at the end of the line" for mains power, the solar power and storage would give the brigade some security in times of emergencies, like during Black Summer bushfires when the district lost all its power.

The solar panels and battery were entirely funded through proceeds of CEFE's Tathra Community Solar Farm agreement with the council as well as a greatly enjoyed gig at Wyndham recently, Rock on for Rocky.

"It was an enormous whole-of-community effort," Ms Kelly said of the fundraising.

Supporting CEFE and the Rocky Hall Rural Fire Brigade were the Wyndham Progress Association and Wyndham Men's Shed - as well as a host of locals who turned up on a very wet afternoon for the concert, which was shifted from the sports ground to the Wyndham Hall.

Bands that played included Heath Marshall, Surg, Jackson State and Triply, with entry donations all put towards the Rocky Hall solar power installation.

Meanwhile, CEFE is planning another major fundraiser for June 26, this time to aid the Kiah RFS shed. Solar panels have already been installed at Kiah, but funds will be raised to add battery storage.

More details to come.