Come and be truly inspired. Matt Charles Jones, co – chair of TRY (Totally renewable Yackandandah) is coming to Pambula beach to discuss how a small volunteer group is powering their small town with 100% renewable energy, aiming for energy sovereignty by 2022.
Yackandandah is a small town in northeast Victoria, home to around 1,800; but with a big reputation on the renewables scene.
The Social Justice Advocates ‘Forces for Nature’ sub group welcomes anyone interested in community run renewable energy and moving towards a fossil fuel-free energy future.
When: Sunday 27th October
Time: 4pm onwards
Where: Lumen Catholic school – Pambula Beach Road
Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) was launched in 2014 with the ambitious goal of attaining “energy sovereignty” for the town by 2022 through 100% renewables. The group has been working to improve energy efficiency and install solar and battery systems across the community. To date, TRY has added more than 550kW of solar PV to the Yackandandah area, along with 160 Ubi controllers that provide real time data to users about their energy consumption habits. The controllers also form an important part of the town’s “mini-grid. More than 40% of the town’s rooftops now boast solar panels.
Yackandandah just keeps kicking goals in the sustainability area and
has in its sights establishing a community energy retailer, and it’s currently offering a solar hot water bulk buy deal for residents.
TRY won the Saving Energy category of the Community Innovators Awards at the Rural Councils of Victoria Summit. Last year, it scooped up the Banksia Foundation’s 2017 Sustainable & Resilient Communities Award.
Contact – Wendy Wait SJA Convenor Forces for Nature
ph/ 0428 450 348
Tathra’s school hall was packed on Tuesday February 19 for a meeting hosted by CEFE President and Tathra resident Dr Matthew Nott to examine the feasibility and impact of 100% renewable energy for Tathra, the Bega valley and Eden Monaro and to learn how the target could be achieved. Guest speakers included BVSC Mayor Kristie McBain, former Liberal leader Dr John Hewson, Professor Andrew Blakers from ANU’s Centre for Sustainable Energy, and Martin Poole CEO of Epuron, a company that has been instrumental in rolling out wind and solar farms across the country. The tone of the meeting was one of great optimism, with the unstoppable growing competitiveness of renewable energy coupled with people power making the 100% by 2030 entirely achievable. The meeting got a sneak preview of CEFE’s most ambitious ever human sign project – communities across Australia spelling out RENEWABLE ENERGY NOW; MAKE THE SWITCH NOW; 100% RENEWABLES…IMAGINE. The 3 minute video is expected to go viral on social media once it is launched as part of an upcoming ABC Four Corners program. The meeting also heard from a number of the candidates for the upcoming State and Federal elections.
At the conclusion of the meeting a resolution that Tathra adopts the target of 100% Renewable Energy by 2030, and that the Tathra water tower sign be updated with this sign was passed unanimously.
9.30 on Sunday February 24
Sign writer Gavin Martin (who donated his services) and CEFE’s Prue Kelly with the sign completed
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has now published the finding of the NARClim Project
The Regional Climate Modelling (NARClim) Project is a research partnership between NSW and ACT governments and the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW. The NSW partners include Sydney Water, NSW Department of Transport, NSW Department of Primary Industry and NSW Office of Water
You can download maps from their website
Here is an example of one of the maps
Compared with the two decades 1990-2010, the decades 2020-2040:-
Average annual rainfall in Bega will decrease by between 5 and 10%, with between 10 and 20% more rainfall in Autumn and less in the other seasons.
The number of days on average per year in Bega with temperatures above 35 degrees C will increase by between 1 and 5 days a year.
The average number of days with severe fire danger in Bega per annum will increase by less than 1 day with fewer severe fire danger days in Autumn and more in the other seasons
The average number of days per year in Bega with a minimum temperature below 2 degrees C will decrease by between 10 and 20 days.
Our annual general meeting will be held at 14 Canning St Bega at 6 pm on Monday March 12.
You can download the agenda and reports here
You can download the minutes of the previous AGM here
If you missed this meeting that was held on Sunday 10 December 2017 at the Bermagui Country Club you can view the presentations click here
The three presentations covered are from
John Walters who spoke on Renewable Energy Options for the Bega Valley
Bill Southwood who described the responses CEFE had received from potential commercial partners and
Jo Lewis who reviewed the options for establishing a community based power company and the prospects for solar gardens.
At the meeting there was also an overview by Bill Caldicott in which he showed how electricity bills are made up and how they can be reduced.
The resolutions passed by those assembled at the conclusion of the presentations are also included.
Download flyer here and agenda here