MASH Wins environmental award

We Push Buttons is the digital partner of MASH (the campaign for More Australian Solar Homes) and we were proud to support Jo Kaptein and the MASH team, who were one of six community groups and individuals from around the state to be recognised by Environment Victoria last week for their outstanding contribution the environment.



“The 2018 Community Environment Recognition Award recipients are all leaders in their communities. We wanted to recognise MASH for repowering central Victoria with over one thousand solar installations and for their dynamic community engagement. Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria

The community solar bulk-buy for households in central Victoria project has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014.  MASH has taken orders for over 1,150 solar systems with around 20,000 panels installed resulting in around 8,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions being cut each year.  MASH households, as a group, are saving around $1M off their electricity bills each year.  In addition, MASH is creating local jobs with three local installation companies currently working full-time on MASH installations, as well as around six local people working on a part-time or casual basis on project management and administration.

“MASH has raised over $70,000 for free solar for community groups and schools since we started.  We’re delighted to have been recognised by Environment Victoria.  We couldn’t have achievement these results without the support of so many people and organisations. Thank you to everyone who’s been part of our story.” Jo Kaptein, manager of the MASH community solar bulk-buy.

The MASH solar bulk-buy is available in the Mount Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire and City of Greater Bendigo. MASH’s sister bulk-buy – the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy – is available in the Hepburn Shire. MASH will shortly be launched in new regions across central Victoria starting with Swan Hill.

For more information about MASH and to request a quote, visit or, if you are in the Hepburn Shire, visit

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