CEFE has provided $5000 funding for a ‘battery ready’ 3 kW solar installation on Quaama RFS Shed. The installation by local contractor Lakeside Electrical was completed on April 28. Another local project supported by the earnings of the IMAGINE solar farm in Tathra
They will run from 5.15 pm to 6.45 pm in the Bermagui Country Club Auditorium.
Both will follow a similar format:
a presentation by CEFE on solar energy, generation, storage and the possibility of trading directly with friends and neighbours. We will also report on the first year of our program to install rooftop solar;
Representatives of CEFE’s two bulk buy contractors – Ekonomix from Cobargo and Sunny Afternoons of Moruya – will be there to show their distinct offerings for panels, inverters and optional battery storage;
One on one discussions between the suppliers and anybody wanting more detail on costs, savings and technical details.
Each of the three events will be limited to twenty families so that CEFE and our suppliers will be able to give more personal attention to individual needs.
So, if you’re thinking of installing solar, have installed solar and would like to share your experiences or are just interested in reducing your power bills AND our impact on the planet, do come along.
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,
A 17 kW kW solar system was installed on the roof of Tathra Public School in October 2017. The School’s principal, Lisa Freedman said the project showed what can be done when a community works together towards a common goal. “Its not only the benefits of having the panels but all the community groups working together”. After 18 months the project was completed with funding from the IMAGINE community solar farm, Enduro mountain bike event, a community concert and a NSW Department of Education grant.
Thanks to the hard work of Adam Wiggins and his Kalaru Sports Complex Steering Group, this project is coming into fruition. The concrete has been poured for the floor of the amenities block and thanks to CEFE, with the assistance of a $5000 grant from the IMB Bank Community foundation, the amenities block will be powered by a stand-alone solar + battery solution. The total cost will be $8000 of which $3000 was provided by CEFE through funds raised via the sale of electricity from the IMAGINE solar farm. The photo shows IMB Bega branch manager Sharon Shepherd and CEFE’s Prue Kelly at the award ceremony.