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.
12 kW of solar has been installed on the roof of the Tathra AFL Football Club in Lawrence Park Tathra. The solar power will be used to energise the heat pump based hot water system as well as for refrigeration. CEFE provided a grant of $12,000 from the proceeds of electricity sales from its IMAGINE solar farm in Tathra with the balance coming from a joint fund raising initiative conducted by CEFE and TAFLFC.
Those in photo L to R are:
John Turville – Recreation & Natural Assets Co-ordinator, BVSC
David Howard – Treasurer, Tathra AFL Club
Cr Liz Seckold – Deputy Mayor, BVSC
Prue Kelly – CEFE Project Manager
Peter Cross – Secretary, Tathra AFL Club
Ben Scales – Sunny Afternoons Solar
Cr Kristy McBain – Mayor, BVSC
Greg Coman – President, Tathra AFL Club
Dr Mike Kelly – Federal Member for Eden Monaro
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
On Sunday September 24 2017 CEFE ran a breakfast stall for the inaugural Tathra to Bega Community bike ride. The event was a big success with 230 riders taking part and CEFE raised $578 dollars to fund its next project, solar on the AFL football club house in Evans Park.
You can watch a video of the event 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