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The RTRFM Solar Panel Project

RTRFM: The Green Alternative. In June 2013, RTRFM made the decision to switch to a greener, more sustainable future by turning to solar power. Our listeners made this possible by raising over $10,000 through the Donor Drive 2013. In July 2015, solar panels were installed on the roof of our Mount Lawley premises.

About the RTRFM Solar Panel Project

Running a radio station 24/7, 365 days a year is an expensive exercise, with electricity being one of the main operational costs.

RTRFM are committed to leasing the current Mount Lawley premises for the foreseeable future, however increased costs across the board have seen a need to review and reduce costs wherever possible.

One such way was to switch over to an environmentally-friendly, sustainable solar powered system, which will significantly reduce RTRFM’s electricity consumption (and associated costs).

RTRFM listeners helped the station raise $10K for the installation of solar panels at the RTRFM building during the 2013 Donor Drive. In fact, RTRFM surpassed our $10K goal, raising $10,817 in total from 219 generous donors.

The project was expected to take between 6-12 months to complete, with a forecasted June 2014 completion date. Following some unexpected delays, the project was pushed back, with a new forecasted completion date of June/July 2015.

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Progress Update – June 2015

It’s been some time since we were last in touch with information on the progress of the RTRFM Solar Panel Project, but we are pleased to announce that the project is finally nearing completion.

Within the next 8 to 12 weeks, RTRFM will install the solar panels that we worked so hard to fundraise for – and which our donors kindly contributed to – back in June 2013.

The 2013 Donor Drive sought to gain donations from station supporters to contribute towards the cost of solar panel installation on the RTRFM building at 642 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, with the the remaining ‘gap’ in funds to be sourced via an infrastructure grant.

Following an unsuccessful funding application, RTRFM have been searching for alternative ways to finance the funding gap to ensure that the project can go ahead, which has resulted in significant delays.

RTRFM are committed to pressing on with the project and ‘going green’ here at the station, and we have teamed up with Infinite Energy to install a suitable system with the funds raised, one which leaves us room to expand the system at a later date.

We are very excited about the impending installation, as the new solar panels will result in a significant reduction in electricity costs here at RTRFM.

As you can imagine, for a building that runs 24/7 365 days a year, this will result in significant operational savings for the station!

The Final Outcome – July 2015

On 8 July 2015, Infinite Energy installed several solar panels on the roof of the RTRFM premises at 642 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley. The project is now complete.

RTRFM are excited to see the reduction in electricity costs here at the station over the coming months, and to be contributing in our own way to a greener, more sustainable future.

We are also thrilled to finally show our many wonderful donors the end result of their financial contributions to this project.

Once again, thank you to everyone who made the RTRFM solar panel project possible.

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