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This campaign was successful and closed on 10/05/2014 at 9:32 PM.

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Aro Solar

Project 2014-04-01 18:50:54 +1300

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Collab Project with Smart Energy Challenge

Wellington City Council is teaming up with some of Wellington's brightest social entrepreneurs from Enspiral, Generation Zero and PledgeMe, to bring local Smart Energy projects to life. They've joined forces to find and support community-led projects designed to reduce energy use and increase clean energy in Wellington. Wellington City Council will match dollar for dollar the target amount of each successful project. This means that every dollar you pledge towards these projects will turn into two dollars! Let's get smart energy humming in Wellington.

We made it!!

Success! We reached our target. Whoo-hoo. And you can still Pledge right up until Saturday night at 11pm. Check out our 'Updates' tab for what the extra money will be used for.

What we're doing:

We're using the amazing medium of crowdfunding to bring the power of solar to the community!

Community centres like Aro Valley do great work in organising positive programmes and bringing people together but have limited funds and are burdened by expensive energy bills. Furthermore, people can often feel powerless to tackle the big environmental issues that we face today. We think Solar panels on community buildings provides an inclusive, viable and visible step towards local solutions - empowering people and catalysing change.

Solar energy is widely recognised as one of the easiest ways to produce your own renewable electricity (and avoid consuming energy produced by burning fossil fuels). However, the up front costs of solar energy mean that it's way beyond the budget of most of us.

If we band together we can create 100% clean renewable energy generation in our neighbourhoods – on the places that use electricity when the sun is shining - our community buildings, local businesses, you name it. Any power they generate and don’t use is fed back in to the grid, powering our homes too. Even better, the money they save on power bills can be fed back in to community projects.

We’re running a pilot – we've partnered with the Aro Valley Community Centre to crowd fund their transition to solar power. You can help these great people to drastically reduce their power bills, to be more self-reliant (and take a step towards resiliency), and to contribute clean renewable electricity to their community.

The Details

As part of this pilot we are putting a touchscreen display of the system on the Community Centre wall - so people can see, interactively, what the solar panels are saving the Community Centre day by day.

All the technicalities are sussed (thanks Right House!) - the costs of the PV panels, the installation on the Community Centre roof by 'RightHouse', the amount the Centre will save per year on their electricity bills. To cover all our costs we need to crowdfund $4,500 on Pledgeme. The really sweet deal is that Wellington City Council have committed to match fund our target $ for $ - meaning anything you pledge is effectively doubled.

We could help you to re-power your community centre or your local café next. But first we need your help with this one.

(Share and Support us on Facebook and Twitter ‘AroSolar’. See coverage of us in the media: The Wellingtonian 20 March 2014 )

Thanks

Our everlasting thanks and adoration to Boberg Films (Jason Boberg - Director, Samora O'Neill - Composor and Sean McGrath - Post production) as well as Stephen Templar - Logo Illustrator, Wellington City Council and the Smart Energy Challenge team (including support from Enspiral, Generation Zero and Pledge Me, and corporate supporters Deloitte, Kiwibank, and NZ Post), to Right House and the Aro Valley Community Council, to all the performers who gave generously of their time and talent to play on the Sun Stage at the Aro Fair - the Jon Lemmon Band, the Wend, Wet Wings, Djangle, and Kate Benge). A special mention also goes to the children from the Aro Valley Preschool who gamely participated in the filming of the video - thank you to Elina, Sylvia, Sashank, Sashwat, Dante and Krish. You guys were great. Thank you also to the parents of these children for giving permission for them to be involved! Last but never least, a huge thank you to all friends and family who have supported us on the journey so far. We're looking forward to the rest of it!

Comments

Updates 2

Success!!! :D (But it's still ok to Pledge)

07/05/2014 at 6:46 PM

Wow! What a wonderful Wednesday!

We reached our target - Success! And people can keep on pledging for the next 3 days. Any extra money we make will go towards:

A. Making sure the interactive display and thank you board are as professional looking as possible.

B. A Business Plan for rolling out community funded solar power across New Zealand.

C. Some thank you presents to all the amazing people who have donated their time and resources (for free) to making this project happen.

D. Thhhheee......(wait for it....) PARTY! Date tbc.

Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who's donated so far; and everyone still to donate from now untill Saturday 11pm.

Louise, Ollie and Miranda

6 Days to go for Aro Solar - Ready: Set: GO!

23/04/2014 at 11:12 AM

Kia ora Aro Solar whanau!

It's the last week for Aro Solar on Pledgeme. We have $1208 left to raise over the next 6 days.

We are SO CLOSE to reaching the target, but need a little help to take the last few steps to make it to the finish line....

If each our Amazing Followers (yes that's you - you wonderful people!) shares our video to 3 freinds and they pledge $20 this week, we will hit our target and all your  good wishes and pledges will go ahead next week. 

So spread the word, share the video and together we can make this great idea a reality. Then every time you walk past the Aro Vally Community Centre and see the sun shining on those glitzy solar panels you can feel that warm fuzzy feeling that you made it happen. :D

One week to go - HERE WE GO!!

 

 

Arohanui,

Louise, Ollie and Miranda

    Pledgers 118

    Ben Jah
    2014-05-06 21:40:24 +1200
    Diana Suggate
    2014-05-06 21:20:09 +1200
    Emma Moon
    2014-05-06 16:26:57 +1200
    Mike Kay
    2014-05-06 15:39:18 +1200
    Elli
    2014-05-06 11:38:43 +1200
    Anoushka Isaac
    2014-05-06 11:33:34 +1200
    Leander Schulz
    2014-05-06 11:05:07 +1200
    Madeleine Rashbrooke
    2014-05-05 21:58:54 +1200
    Adam Campbell
    2014-05-05 16:52:41 +1200
    Hannah Griffin
    2014-05-04 21:10:00 +1200
    Sacha Green
    2014-05-04 20:35:55 +1200
    moana
    2014-05-04 14:46:40 +1200
    Creek Waddington
    2014-05-04 00:39:45 +1200
    Ellie
    2014-05-02 19:43:21 +1200
    Zoe Russell
    2014-05-02 19:15:04 +1200
    Kelly
    2014-05-02 16:25:16 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-05-02 14:09:29 +1200
    Helene Pohl
    2014-05-02 11:39:17 +1200
    Helene Pohl
    2014-05-02 11:37:24 +1200
    Sam Lang
    2014-05-01 20:51:37 +1200
    Miranda Corin
    2014-04-30 22:15:09 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-30 13:21:23 +1200
    Julia Stace Brooke-White
    2014-04-29 20:14:38 +1200
    Anne Aylwin
    2014-04-29 16:07:10 +1200
    Robin
    2014-04-28 23:23:20 +1200
    Kerry Griffiths
    2014-04-28 22:13:09 +1200
    Tai Samaeli
    2014-04-28 09:22:08 +1200
    Daryl Green
    2014-04-28 09:13:17 +1200
    Mary Whalley
    2014-04-27 14:17:41 +1200
    Philip Sherrell and Judith Graham
    2014-04-26 16:14:29 +1200

    Aro Solar

    Project 2014-04-01 18:50:54 +1300

    curated

    Collab Project with Smart Energy Challenge

    Wellington City Council is teaming up with some of Wellington's brightest social entrepreneurs from Enspiral, Generation Zero and PledgeMe, to bring local Smart Energy projects to life. They've joined forces to find and support community-led projects designed to reduce energy use and increase clean energy in Wellington. Wellington City Council will match dollar for dollar the target amount of each successful project. This means that every dollar you pledge towards these projects will turn into two dollars! Let's get smart energy humming in Wellington.

    We made it!!

    Success! We reached our target. Whoo-hoo. And you can still Pledge right up until Saturday night at 11pm. Check out our 'Updates' tab for what the extra money will be used for.

    What we're doing:

    We're using the amazing medium of crowdfunding to bring the power of solar to the community!

    Community centres like Aro Valley do great work in organising positive programmes and bringing people together but have limited funds and are burdened by expensive energy bills. Furthermore, people can often feel powerless to tackle the big environmental issues that we face today. We think Solar panels on community buildings provides an inclusive, viable and visible step towards local solutions - empowering people and catalysing change.

    Solar energy is widely recognised as one of the easiest ways to produce your own renewable electricity (and avoid consuming energy produced by burning fossil fuels). However, the up front costs of solar energy mean that it's way beyond the budget of most of us.

    If we band together we can create 100% clean renewable energy generation in our neighbourhoods – on the places that use electricity when the sun is shining - our community buildings, local businesses, you name it. Any power they generate and don’t use is fed back in to the grid, powering our homes too. Even better, the money they save on power bills can be fed back in to community projects.

    We’re running a pilot – we've partnered with the Aro Valley Community Centre to crowd fund their transition to solar power. You can help these great people to drastically reduce their power bills, to be more self-reliant (and take a step towards resiliency), and to contribute clean renewable electricity to their community.

    The Details

    As part of this pilot we are putting a touchscreen display of the system on the Community Centre wall - so people can see, interactively, what the solar panels are saving the Community Centre day by day.

    All the technicalities are sussed (thanks Right House!) - the costs of the PV panels, the installation on the Community Centre roof by 'RightHouse', the amount the Centre will save per year on their electricity bills. To cover all our costs we need to crowdfund $4,500 on Pledgeme. The really sweet deal is that Wellington City Council have committed to match fund our target $ for $ - meaning anything you pledge is effectively doubled.

    We could help you to re-power your community centre or your local café next. But first we need your help with this one.

    (Share and Support us on Facebook and Twitter ‘AroSolar’. See coverage of us in the media: The Wellingtonian 20 March 2014 )

    Thanks

    Our everlasting thanks and adoration to Boberg Films (Jason Boberg - Director, Samora O'Neill - Composor and Sean McGrath - Post production) as well as Stephen Templar - Logo Illustrator, Wellington City Council and the Smart Energy Challenge team (including support from Enspiral, Generation Zero and Pledge Me, and corporate supporters Deloitte, Kiwibank, and NZ Post), to Right House and the Aro Valley Community Council, to all the performers who gave generously of their time and talent to play on the Sun Stage at the Aro Fair - the Jon Lemmon Band, the Wend, Wet Wings, Djangle, and Kate Benge). A special mention also goes to the children from the Aro Valley Preschool who gamely participated in the filming of the video - thank you to Elina, Sylvia, Sashank, Sashwat, Dante and Krish. You guys were great. Thank you also to the parents of these children for giving permission for them to be involved! Last but never least, a huge thank you to all friends and family who have supported us on the journey so far. We're looking forward to the rest of it!

    Comments

    Success!!! :D (But it's still ok to Pledge)

    07/05/2014 at 6:46 PM

    Wow! What a wonderful Wednesday!

    We reached our target - Success! And people can keep on pledging for the next 3 days. Any extra money we make will go towards:

    A. Making sure the interactive display and thank you board are as professional looking as possible.

    B. A Business Plan for rolling out community funded solar power across New Zealand.

    C. Some thank you presents to all the amazing people who have donated their time and resources (for free) to making this project happen.

    D. Thhhheee......(wait for it....) PARTY! Date tbc.

    Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who's donated so far; and everyone still to donate from now untill Saturday 11pm.

    Louise, Ollie and Miranda

    6 Days to go for Aro Solar - Ready: Set: GO!

    23/04/2014 at 11:12 AM

    Kia ora Aro Solar whanau!

    It's the last week for Aro Solar on Pledgeme. We have $1208 left to raise over the next 6 days.

    We are SO CLOSE to reaching the target, but need a little help to take the last few steps to make it to the finish line....

    If each our Amazing Followers (yes that's you - you wonderful people!) shares our video to 3 freinds and they pledge $20 this week, we will hit our target and all your  good wishes and pledges will go ahead next week. 

    So spread the word, share the video and together we can make this great idea a reality. Then every time you walk past the Aro Vally Community Centre and see the sun shining on those glitzy solar panels you can feel that warm fuzzy feeling that you made it happen. :D

    One week to go - HERE WE GO!!

     

     

    Arohanui,

    Louise, Ollie and Miranda

      Ben Jah
      2014-05-06 21:40:24 +1200
      Diana Suggate
      2014-05-06 21:20:09 +1200
      Emma Moon
      2014-05-06 16:26:57 +1200
      Mike Kay
      2014-05-06 15:39:18 +1200
      Elli
      2014-05-06 11:38:43 +1200
      Anoushka Isaac
      2014-05-06 11:33:34 +1200
      Leander Schulz
      2014-05-06 11:05:07 +1200
      Madeleine Rashbrooke
      2014-05-05 21:58:54 +1200
      Adam Campbell
      2014-05-05 16:52:41 +1200
      Hannah Griffin
      2014-05-04 21:10:00 +1200
      Sacha Green
      2014-05-04 20:35:55 +1200
      moana
      2014-05-04 14:46:40 +1200
      Creek Waddington
      2014-05-04 00:39:45 +1200
      Ellie
      2014-05-02 19:43:21 +1200
      Zoe Russell
      2014-05-02 19:15:04 +1200
      Kelly
      2014-05-02 16:25:16 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-05-02 14:09:29 +1200
      Helene Pohl
      2014-05-02 11:39:17 +1200
      Helene Pohl
      2014-05-02 11:37:24 +1200
      Sam Lang
      2014-05-01 20:51:37 +1200
      Miranda Corin
      2014-04-30 22:15:09 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-30 13:21:23 +1200
      Julia Stace Brooke-White
      2014-04-29 20:14:38 +1200
      Anne Aylwin
      2014-04-29 16:07:10 +1200
      Robin
      2014-04-28 23:23:20 +1200
      Kerry Griffiths
      2014-04-28 22:13:09 +1200
      Tai Samaeli
      2014-04-28 09:22:08 +1200
      Daryl Green
      2014-04-28 09:13:17 +1200
      Mary Whalley
      2014-04-27 14:17:41 +1200
      Philip Sherrell and Judith Graham
      2014-04-26 16:14:29 +1200
      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 10/05/2014 at 9:32 PM.