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.

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)