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.
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.
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.
Healesville CoRE has organized to run a series of FREE events for our community in the first half of 2018.
Please look at the Upcoming Events page for the details.
Healesville CoRE in conjunction with Yarra Glenergy and HEWI is proud to present Al Gore’s follow-up documentary: An Inconvenient Sequel. Truth to Power.
Showing at Healesville Memo on November 23rd at 730pm.
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.
The ABC has published a short article on off-grid power experiments in WA http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-18/living-off-solar-and-lithium-batteries-big-success-wa-farmers/8954740 – great to see!
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.