Disability Enterprise now making
POWER as well as KNITWEAR

Tastex factory roof with solar panels

MEDIA ALERT – 16 March 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Following a successful crowd funding campaign last year Tastex Knitwear and Uniforms is now feeding energy into the Tasmanian grid, as well as producing high quality knitwear.

Through a collaborative effort, Tastex became Tasmania’s first community solar project and last year installed 30 kW of solar panels on the roof of their Glenorchy factory. The results from the first three months of operation are now in – and they exceeded expectations.

Tastex saved $2,166 in the first three months of operation compared with the same period a year earlier, and is on target to save over $6,000 a year.

“These savings will help ensure that Tastex continues to craft quality products using Australian wool and provide meaningful employment for Tasmanians with disabilities.” said Tastex CEO Vicki Hawker.

The project was made possible by:

• Generous donations from Tastex supporters, including $5,000 from the Glenorchy Lions Club.
• Support from the Corena Fund, a non-profit organisation which makes interest free loans to community solar projects and recycles repayments into further projects.
• Advice and assistance from the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance.

Jack Gilding, Executive Officer of Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance said,
“We now have a proven collaborative model for community solar projects in Tasmania and hopefully this will be the first of many. We are pleased that the savings closely matched our expectations. What we didn’t predict was that Tastex would actually become a net exporter of energy, feeding more energy into the grid than was bought.”

In the three months to 7 February, Tastex exported 5,915 kWh and purchased 5,516kWh.

“CORENA is delighted that the first Tasmanian project we helped fund is doing so well. Not only is it reducing Tastex’s operating costs but it is also helping reduce Tasmania’s reliance on gas-fired electricity and Basslink imports.” said Margaret Hender from the Corena Fund.

For media comment contact:
Vicki Hawker, CEO Tastex, (0419) 485-266, vhawker@tastex.com.au
Jack Gilding, Executive Officer, TREA, (0407) 486-651, eo@tasrenew.org.au
Margaret Hender, Corena Fund, (0413) 639-592, admin@corenafund.org.au

Tastex factory roof with solar panbels

Solar panels on the roof of Tastex Knitwear and Uniforms, Glenorchy.
Tasmania’s first community solar project.

Tastex is a not for profit, Glenorchy based knitting mill, whose mission is to provide meaningful employment and training for people with intellectual disabilities and to be self-funding through our product sales.

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Glenorchy Lions and Leos support Tastex

Leo logo

Lions logoTastex wishes to publicly thank the Glenorchy Lions Club and Leo Club for their generous support of our Solar fundraising project. 

Their significant contributions, together with the funds raised in our Crowd Funding initiative, have ensured that Tastex reached its fundraising target. Our solar panels are now installed and up and running.

Tastex Envirobears

Tastex Envirobears® proudly wear the Lions logo.

The Lions Club does wonderful work in our community and Tastex is most grateful to be a recipient of their work in the Glenorchy community.

As a way to say “Thank you” and to show our sincere appreciation the staff at Tastex have been busy crafting a box full of our unique Envirowoolly® bears especially for you.

THANK YOU Lions and Leos!
we hope you enjoy your “thank you” bears we made at Tastex just for you.

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Tastex Solar Project Up and Running

In June 2016 Tastex launched Tasmania’s FIRST COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT fundraiser — a Crowd Funding initiative to raise the necessary funds to install 100 solar panels on the roof of Tastex, a not-for-profit knit mill, based in Glenorchy that provides meaningful employment and training to people with intellectual disabilities.

We are thrilled and delighted with the generosity of the Tasmanian community and we are happy to announce that the TASTEX SOLAR PANELS are now installed and generating electricity for our knitting machines, embroidery machines and sewing machines.

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We’re generating our own power
— saving money and preserving our planet —
thanks to our community.

Thank you to everyone who made our project a reality and helped to reduce our environmental impact.

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Tastex Envirowoollys excite Tourists

A recent article in the Tasmanian Press highlighted the role the Air bnb network plays in promoting Tasmanian products.
Katinka Challen’s North Hobart retail business, Lily and Dot, stocks Tastex Knitwear and Uniform’s Envirowoollys – a popular addition to her Tasmaniana products.
Can you pick Tastex Envirowoollys TASSIE TIGER, TASSIE DEVIL, KOALA and PLATYPUS in the illustrated article below.

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Tastex envirowoollys
Always a favourite with tourists.

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MONA GASP Fun Run

A small team of Tastex employees and supporters walked the MONA GASP Fun Run and Walk on Sunday March 15th!
We walked from Wilkinson’s Point, through the GASP!, Montrose Bay, to MONA.

There were 2 more in our team who missed the photo!

Tastex participants in the MONA GASP fun run.

Tastex participants in the MONA GASP fun run.

 

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Certificate 2 in Business Studies for Luke

Luke Foley received his certificate 2 in Business Studies at a Presentation and afternoon tea this week.
Our congratulations go to Luke on his achievement.

Luke Foley - Certificate 2 in Business Studies 2015

Luke Foley received his Certificate 2 in Business Studies, March 2015

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Envirowoolly sheep in good pasture

Our enviro-woolly sheep out in the paddock!
Our woollen sheep are part of our Tastex Envirowoolly® range of environmentally friendly products. Our cute sheep keep company with Tassie Tigers, Tassie Devils, Koalas and Wombats. Watch out for them in niche tourist outlets around Tasmania.

Envirowoolly sheep

Our Envirowoolly sheep.
Aren’t they cute!

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