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
You can read a full account here
Professor Mark Diesendorf’s presentation can be downloaded here
First steps – our position paper
CEFE has prepared a comprehensive position statement to request support from the NSW and Australian governments to assist the community of the Bega Valley Shire and CEFE to meet the local community renewable energy target of 50/50 by 2020 (adopted in 2007) and to assist meeting our group’s goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2030
You can view/download the full document here
Please note this is a working document that will be further refined,
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
CEFE President Dr Matthew Nott is presenting at this years Canberra Urban and Regional Futures Annual Forum to be held at ANU on Thursday November 30 on the topic ‘Tathra Community Power’
Professor Andrew Blakers (pictured) will present the keynote ‘100% Renewable Energy Futures’ to open the forum at 9.25 am.
You can download the full program here
If you missed this very informative session you can view the presentations of the speakers here
Karl Edmonson from Reposit on the tools they provide for intelligent management of household energy systems incorporating solar PV and batteries
Harry Chami from Solar Juice for an update on domestic solar PV
Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency for an overview of what other communities are doing
John Waters from Ekonomix on large scale solar and battery systems
Tony Pfeiffer on the community owned energy retailer Enova and
John Keeble from Wattwatchers on another approach to improving efficiency and reducing energy spend through monitoring and control
Three major Far South Coast (FSC) organisations have come together to host a Federal Election Candidates’ Forum at the Bermagui Community Centre on Saturday, 4 June at 5.30 pm. Clean Energy for Eternity Inc, the National Trust (FSC Branch), and the National Parks Association (FSC Branch), have invited all Eden Monaro Candidates to present their positions and to address real concerns within our Electorate.
The Moderator for the evening will be Mr Tim Holt, former well-known and respected ABC-South East Radio presenter. Representatives will include: Dr Matthew Nott, Founder and President of Clean Energy for Eternity Inc; Dr Frances Perkins, Chair of National Trust (FSC Branch); Mr David Gallan, President of National Parks Association; and Dr Bronte Somerset from NPA’s Great Southern Forests campaign.
The Forum will focus on big issues requiring strong leadership. These include climate change, the future of our native forests, and the quality of life in our region as influenced by employment and business opportunities through renewable energy projects, health, education, and protection of our natural environment. There will be ample opportunity for questions from the audience.
For further information, please contact Prue Kelly, Clean Energy for Eternity Inc on 0418 161 547 or [email protected]
PS We need your help in the 2016 Federal election to remind voters and politicians that tackling climate pollution is vital. To spread the word, please post a message on Facebook or Twitter – it’s easy using this link that Climate Change Balmain Rozelle has prepared. There are 21 different Facebook posts/Tweets you can share over the eight week election campaign. Even better email the link http://www.climatechangebr.org/page15.htm to all your friends so they can do the same
You can read or download the Home Grown Power Plan here