20171210 Powering the Bega Valley


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

20170914 Solar for Tathra Football Club

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

20151015 CEFE and BVSC Win Green Globe Award

CEFE'sPrue Kelly, BVSC's Daniel Murphy and Green Globe's Judging Panle Co-chair Matthew Bell at the awards ceremony in Sydney on October 15
CEFE’sPrue Kelly, BVSC’s Daniel Murphy and Green Globe’s Judging Panle Co-chair Matthew Bell at the awards ceremony in Sydney on October 15

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.

 

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