Did You Know? There was a Radio Interview for Healesville CoRE on 24May18

On Thursday 24 May 2018, Bruce Argyle interviewed Bjorn Sturmberg from Suntenants and Paul Loftus from Powershop. The talk was broadcast by Yarra Valley FM Community Radio (99.1 on your dial) in a regular community program at 9.00 to 10.00am.

Poster for the eventPoster for the eventBjorn Sturmberg and Paul Loftus are two of the speakers at the Healesville CoRE Community Workshop on Saturday 26 May 2018. This will be a very informative talk about Solar for Landlords and Tenants.

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Congratulations Healesville for attending the “Electricity Production & Storage” event on 28 April 2018

On 28 April 2018, Healesville CoRE arranged presentations for the community about Solar Electricity Production & Storage. The event was extremely well attended and 98 local community people listened to the presenters and interacted with questions and comment.

The following subjects were presented to the audience. The slide packs that were used by Nick. Glen and Julian in their talks can be obtained by clicking on the appropriate section below

  • Energy Efficiency in the home by Nick Seymour. Nick has been studying Environmental Engineering and Economics at Monash University for the past 5 years. He is working with another Monash Uni student and they are preparing a Sustainable Energy Report for Healesville.
  • Different parts of a Solar System by Glen Morris. Glen has been installing renewable energy systems both on and off-grid for over 20 years. He has been a renewable energy system auditor for both the Clean Energy Council and the New Zealand Government
  • Yarra Ranges Council involvement in Renewable Energy initiatives by Julian Guess. Julian is the Sustainability Project Officer with the Yarra Ranges Council. He is responsible for leading Council’s community renewable energy initiatives.
  • Rosanna Miguel. Rosanna is Branch Manager of the Healesville Community Bank®. She explained how the bank can help with the finance of a new Solar System as part of the energy-saving program launched by Bendigo Bank’s Generation Green initiative.

The questionnaires completed by attendees at the end of the presentation were very positive and they indicated the value of this talk for the community.

This was a very successful event by Healesville CoRE.

A productive Workshop on 24 March 2018 keeps Healesville CoRE moving forward for the community

Fifteen Healesville CoRE representatives attended a “Community Solar Models & Legals Workshop” on Sat 24 March 2018. The prime deliverable from this workshop was to establish the most appropriate model for the Healesville community and develop an action plan to take the project forward.

A 2×2 quadrant analysis of effort and impact was used to help prioritise some of the initiatives and projects that the group had identified at a previous workshop.

A Business Model for the selected initiative was addressed and the topics of Technical Structures, Economic Arrangements, Governance Structure and Community Engagement were discussed.

The workshop participants then developed an action plan for the project and this will commence immediately. Details of the project will be announced soon.

This workshop was another successful event arranged by Healesville CoRE.

Well done to all involved.

Announcing “From Dreams to Reality” event on 21Jun18, one year after our launch

In June 2017 Healesville CoRE was launched at a community gathering. In the one year since then, we have achieved a lot. Come and hear our project partners talk about our projects that are being put into place and that are envisioned for the future to transform Healesville into a Net Zero town – a town that uses only renewable energy. Hear how the residents and businesses can save money and how we as a community can invest in Healesville’s future.

Thursday 21 June 2018, 7:00pm.  See Upcoming Events page for details.

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.