WOMEN’S refuge Orana House has installed solar panels to reduce ongoing running costs.
The City of Bayswater-based not-for-profit organisation provides crisis accommodation and services for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence.
It received a donation from Synergy for the solar panels.
Manager Mel Rowe said savings from the panels would provide urgently needed funds to be reinvested into accommodation options.
“The savings made possible by the rooftop solar system will be put into the self-funded Supporting Women in the Community Holistically program, maximising accommodation options and supporting women and children who are victims of family and domestic violence,” she said.
“The cost savings will help to expand this work and also enable our outreach worker to be employed on increased (full-time) hours.”
Synergy chief executive Jason Waters said Synergy supported many not-for-profit groups who could not afford upfront costs for solar panels through the Synergy Community Solar Fund.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the donation would help support the refuge’s essential services.
For information, visit www.synergy.net.au/solarfund.