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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,
Tathra’s school hall was packed on Tuesday February 19 for a meeting hosted by CEFE President and Tathra resident Dr Matthew Nott to examine the feasibility and impact of 100% renewable energy for Tathra, the Bega valley and Eden Monaro and to learn how the target could be achieved. Guest speakers included BVSC Mayor Kristie McBain, former Liberal leader Dr John Hewson, Professor Andrew Blakers from ANU’s Centre for Sustainable Energy, and Martin Poole CEO of Epuron, a company that has been instrumental in rolling out wind and solar farms across the country. The tone of the meeting was one of great optimism, with the unstoppable growing competitiveness of renewable energy coupled with people power making the 100% by 2030 entirely achievable. The meeting got a sneak preview of CEFE’s most ambitious ever human sign project – communities across Australia spelling out RENEWABLE ENERGY NOW; MAKE THE SWITCH NOW; 100% RENEWABLES…IMAGINE. The 3 minute video is expected to go viral on social media once it is launched as part of an upcoming ABC Four Corners program. The meeting also heard from a number of the candidates for the upcoming State and Federal elections.
At the conclusion of the meeting a resolution that Tathra adopts the target of 100% Renewable Energy by 2030, and that the Tathra water tower sign be updated with this sign was passed unanimously.
9.30 on Sunday February 24
Sign writer Gavin Martin (who donated his services) and CEFE’s Prue Kelly with the sign completed
At the Climate Council’s City Power Partnership conference held in Kiama on October 18 2018 CEFE President Matthew Nott was a keynote speaker. In his presentation he floated the idea of communities across Australia each making part of a human sign calling for action by politicians on climate change. The idea was enthusiastically taken up by the councils and community groups present. Compared with the human signs crafted in CEFE’s early days (you can check some of them out here) where it was an expensive business chartering an aircraft to capture the sign and hard to synchronise the sign formation with the aircraft arrival, drone technology has made the process a whole lot simpler.
The intention is to spell out the message MAKE THE SWITCH NOW … 100% RENEWABLES …IMAGINE. There will be multiple versions of each word, each done by a different community. Play the video above to see how the project is developing. The NOW sign being constructed at the beginning of the video was for a sign on the lawns of old Parliament House that the conclusion of the ‘Human Face of Climate Change – an Urgent Climate Briefing’ event held on Novemeber 29 organised by the Multifaith Association of SA and others. Founding CEFE stalwart Philippa Rowland is now President of the MultiFaith Association of SA. You can read the coverage from the Guardian here
About 2000 people turned up at Lawrence Park in Tathra on a warm Sunday at the beginning of Spring to send a strong message about global warming to the Australian community. They, along with 14 RFS trucks formed a giant animated sign spelling out initially “Keep Tathra Cool”, “Reduce CO2” and ultimateley “Climate Action Now” – 34 letters in total.
Tathra is a town like no other, it really understands the threat of climate change and how it can be turned into an opportunity. The town has been at the forefront of solutions to climate change since 2006, when CEFE formed two human signs on the town’s beach with 3000 people that read “Clean Energy For Eternity” and “Imagine”.
Since then, 250 kilowatts of renewable energy had been installed in Tathra, coming from such locations as the solar farm at the sewage treatment plant, the primary school, the football club and many businesses.
Speaking to the media following the sign CEFE President Dr Matthew Nott said it was a “disgrace” and a “dereliction of duty” that Australia did not have a national emissions policy and the sign’s message to “politicians of all colours and stripes” was they needed to come together to develop a strong national policy to reduce emissions.
“Renewable energy is now cheaper than coal-fired electricity, so why do we focus on coal as a form of energy? It doesn’t make any sense to me,” Dr Nott said.
Nick Graham-Higgs, the founder of environmental consultancy NGH Environmental, who spent March 18 fighting to save his home and neighbouring properties when a bushfire hit the town participated in the sign.
“We are lucky that no lives were lost that day, but it took several months to recover from the emotional trauma as well as the smoke inhalation,” Mr Graham-Higgs said.
“Everyone is extremely uneasy about the coming summer, as a hot day and strong breeze could set off the nightmare for us once again.
“The clean energy solutions required for climate action are already technically feasible, affordable and available today.
“Making the switch away from fossil fuels is just a matter of political will.” .
David Gallan, President of the Far South Coast branch of the National Parks Association and member of the RFS, who sustained severe damage to his solar-powered home in the bushfire.
“In addition to renewable energy, protecting forests is also one of the cheapest and most effective ways to cut emissions and reduce bushfire risk,” he said.
“Our leaders must act in the best interests of all Australians and support climate solutions such as renewable energy and forest protection.”
Thanks to ABC South East for this coverage