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.
CEFE was one of 17 organisations across the state to be awarded a prestigious Green Globe award at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday October 15. Green Globes recognise excellence in initiatives to promote sustainability and protect the environment. The CEFE award, which was shared with Bega Valley Shire Council was in the category Excellence in Leadership and Innovation, sub-category Leadership in Climate Change.
Here is the citation:
This project, a partnership between the council and a local community group, Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE), is Australia’s first community solar farm.
A 30 kilowatts ground-mounted solar installation, arrayed to form the word ‘IMAGINE’ can be clearly seen by passing flights. The energy generated by the panels offsets electricity used by the Tathra sewerage treatment plant and the savings are placed into a fund managed by CEFE for future community projects. This approach not only ensures that these projects are efficient and well-targeted, but maintains a clear community connection and engagement throughout the solar farm’s lifetime.
CEFE and BVSC has signd an MOU which will ensure that the the ‘value’ of the donated panels, in the form of electricity payments that BVSC no longer needs to pay for grid power to supply the treatment plant will be returned to CEFE to fund further community solar projects in the shire. The Tathra Community Solar Farm is the first project where CEFE has collaborated with BVSCj but is ust the most recent of many many initiatives that CEFE has undertaken entirely on its own or in collaboration with the Tathra Enduro, to equip surf clubs, pre-schools, RFS shed, community halls and churches since 2007.
About 80 people attended a Q&A session organised by CEFE Northern Beaches at the Narrabeen Tram Shed on March 9 2015. Upper house candidate Justin Field represented the Greens, James Wheeldon, candidate for the seat of North Shore represented the ALP and Rob Stokes Minister for the Environment represented the Coalition. CEFE’s John Davis moderated. The questions came from CEFE members and other local environmental groups. They were given to the panel members in advance and each had the same time to answer.