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.
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.