Travelling bush laundry fleet announced
Orange Sky, supported by Australian electronics manufacturer, REDARC and global visual communications platform, Canva, has launched the world’s first solar powered laundry van fleet, to support people experiencing homelessness, or doing it tough, in remote Indigenous communities.
Equipped with a solar panel and lithium battery management system, the trial RV3.0 laundry van housed three washing machines and three dryers and had the ability to produce more power than it used.
Orange Sky undertook a three-month remote venture from March to June 2021, travelling to 29 remote Indigenous communities in South Australia, the Northern Territory and the northern ends of Western Australia and Queensland to identify maximum needs for the planned Orange Sky service.
After completing this testing phase, the RV3.0 vehicle has officially launched. Eight RV3.0 vehicles and three retrofit RV3.0 vehicles are planned to be built at the Orange Sky headquarters and introduced to remote communities including Maningrida, Wadeye, Fitzroy Crossing, Bidyadanga and Palm Island, to meet the demand for laundry services.