An exciting time for renewable energy projects

Healesville CoRE attended the Climate Change Innovation Marketplace on September 21st. The day was a great success with many attendees very interested in the the long term ideas Healesville CoRE has for the town. Some of these ideas included solar thermal collectors to act as large batteries and pumped hydro at Maroondah Dam. The team were excited to receive such positive feedback, and we’re equally excited to see these grand ideas being at the forefront of current Australian research.

Recent research from the ANU 100% Renewable Energy group has shown there are a great number of viable pumped hydro locations in Australia. The report authors state:

Victoria has 100 times more sites than needed to decarbonise the state electricity grid. Interestingly, there is a high concentration of these in the Eastern part of the state – close to many of the brown coal-fired power stations.

A map of the potential locations is available (centred on Healesville). It is clear not all of these locations will be viable for a range of reasons but it is exciting to see the potential options within 3777.

Similarly, the Climate Council has recently released the results of an Energy Storage poll. Over 52% of poll responders believe “large-scale storage, including batteries and hydro schemes, in combination with renewable energy sources like solar and wind can provide power on demand, 24/7” and a quarter remain undecided. With the planned developments in South Australia and greater visibility of solar thermal and pumped hydro options, Healesville CoRE feel these numbers can only increase.

It certainly is an exciting time to be involved in community renewable energy.

Sustainable House Day Success

Healesville CoRE’s involvement in Sustainable House Day 2017 was a great success.

Well over 100 people visited the local houses to hear about their sustainability features. These included many locals as well as those further afield from the city, and as far as Eildon and the Mornington Peninsula.

A big thank you to those who opened their houses up and also to the volunteers who helped on the day.

Sustainable House Day 2017

Healesville CoRE is excited to be taking part in Sustainable House Day 2017 with four local and sustainable houses on display on Sunday September 17 from 10am-4pm:

  1. An inspiring underground house in Steels Creek, featured in Grand Designs Australia
  2. Two off-grid straw bale homes at Moora Moora Co-op on Mt Toolebewong
  3. A prototype off-grid tiny house from iCue Homes on display in their Hunter St factory in Healesville.

Look for the Sustainable House Day 2017 Poster.

Sustainable House Day is a national event organised by the Alternative Technology Association. It gives visitors a chance to inspect first-hand houses that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind as well as the opportunity to talk to owners and receive unbiased advice. Entry is either free or by gold coin donation.

Passive heating and cooling – free energy! Saving energy with careful design, insulation, glazing and other materials and appliances. And of course – renewable energy.

To attend houses on the day, you need to register on the Sustainable House Day website: https://sustainablehouseday.com.

You can search using ‘3777’ to find the local houses. Come and join us!

Did you ask a Question?

We answered it at the Q&A Healesville Community Gathering 2017 June 29th

and we will answer more!

  • What happens if your neighbour decides to put on an extension or renovation and your building might get shaded?
  • Does being off-grid make a town safer during a bushfire?
  • What about the mining of lithium that has just opened, and could produce up to a quarter of the world’s supply?
  • Which way should solar panels face, to get the best bang-for-your-buck?

Can you see yourself in the videos? (that’s the question we’re asking you)

Floating

Did you know that solar panels can float on bodies of water now?

It’s new technology, and it’s showing benefits in efficiency due to:

  • water cooling the panels
  • reduction in unwanted algae
  • slower water evaporation
  • space savings
  • cost savings

Healesville CoRE and others are watching this development closely.

This is Us

This report is a useful resource containing an overview of community feedback received during the Healesville CoRE Community Gathering on June 29,  2017.   Between 225 – 250 individuals attended the gathering at the Memo and 116 returned a completed feedback form.

All ongoing feedback is important.  Please keep in touch.

Energy Stress in Healesville?

 

Perhaps technologies that save, store or produce energy would help your household.    What do you need?

  • Money?
  • Knowledge?
  • Time?
  • People?
  • Control?

Don’t we all!  A new report by the Australian Council of Social Service, the  Brotherhood of St Laurence and The Climate Institute talks about empowering families to access affordable clean energy.

Let HealesvilleCoRE know your biggest energy worries and together we can start to fix them.

…and of course, ask our government to help…because rolling back support for renewables isn’t so smart.