It was the meetings that Clean Energy For Eternity had before the Eureka awards that were most productive. First was a meeting with the Manly Council. They are most enthusiastic about the LifeSaving Energy concept, and want to help launch the project as a national campaign with a human sign on Manly beach on 2 Dec, to coincide with Ocean Day. They hope to have at least one of their 3 surf clubs up and running with a wind turbine and solar panels by the launch day.
Next was a meetng with the Mosman Council. Mosman has had some bad press lately, with a recent Sydney Morning Herald front page headline talking about the high carbon footprint of Mosman residents. There seems to be quite a lot of interest in turning that footprint around. The Mosman Mayor wants Clean Energy For Eternity to help host a 50/50 by 2020 target meeting for Mosman in October. 50/50 by 2020 is quite achievable in a rural environment, but in an urban setting there will be different challenges. Population density means that macro renewable projects are more difficult. We will need to look at widespread uptake of micro generation, ie solar hot water, and solar photovoltaic cells. Mosman has the highest rate of ownership of 4WD cars in the country, but also the highest rate of ownership of hybrid cars.
Lots of exciting challenges ahead.