Gardens celebrate solar power

WHILE plants have long known the secrets of converting sunlight into energy, humans it seems are catching up at last.

Lismore Community Garden has just gone solar and will “solarbrate” this Saturday at its Brewster Street site with a public open day.

Lismore Mayor and long-time supporter Jenny Dowell will open proceedings at 11am, followed by demonstrations, music performances and talks covering current innovations like aquaponics.

Treasurer Peter Luckett said visitors were welcome to come along and check out the sophisticated 24-volt photovoltaic system that volunteers will use to run their office, fridge and recharge power tools used in the community-owned-and-operated garden.

Mr Luckett said the open day was a great chance for those interested in joining the group to come along, but it was also a great source of inspiration and ideas for all avid gardeners.

The solar system was donated by Nickel Energy in Lismore which will continue its support of the community gardens through system maintenance and ongoing sponsorship.

“To have electricity at the gardens is great, but to have solar power from a solar system donated by a local business is even better,” garden president, Terry Lawrence said.

The gardens were opened in 2006 and are now open six days a week providing volunteers and members of the public with experience in garden design, growth and management as well as “food, flowers and fun along the way”.

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