Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) has received a NSW OEH Grant and is designing 2 community owned renewable energy projects for Mullumbimby. COREM needs to find out what the local community wants. Complete the survey and go in the draw to win a Gold Pass to Mullum Music Fest! COREM Survey For more info about COREM […]
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Enova Energy is a really innovative community owned company looking to retail electricity in the region and assist the Northern Rivers to shift from a fossil fuel economy. Enova has grown out of a NSW OEH grant to a collaboration of local organisations and MCEF members looking at the feasibility of community owned retailing. Enova […]
The Coalition for Community Energy, the national peak body for community energy groups, is growing at a great rate. Nine new steering groups members have just been elected by the community groups which make up the coalition: Gareth Johnston, Catholic Earthcare Australia Bruce Thompson, Moreland Energy Foundation Paul Cruickshank, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage […]
The recent OEH community energy grants were a big win for our region – eight out of 19 NSW funded projects in the Northern Rivers or nearby! Repower Coffs: Opening up the cost benefits of rooftop solar to low income renters with the aim of installing 80kW of solar PV on up to 45 dwellings […]
The town of Uralla is taking the first step in an exciting journey towards a renewable energy future. For anyone who might feel inspired to make something similar happen on the North Coast, this state government funded project now has its own website: http://z-net.org.au
Ballina Shire Council wants to see the impressive solar panel array at the Ballina wastewater plant duplicated at the Lennox Head treatment plant. To find out more: http://www.echo.net.au/2015/01/big-solar-plans-lennox-wastewater-plant/
The West Byron Sewage Treatment Plant has stepped up its environmental credentials by installing a 50kW solar system. The new solar panels went ‘live’ just before Christmas at the Byron Shire Council facility. To find out more: www.byron.nsw.gov.au/sewerage-upgrades
On 11 November the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $305,000 funding for a $743,000 partnership to strengthen the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) initiative – NCEF’s equivalent in the southeast of NSW and the ACT – to establish a Regional Renewable Energy Industry Cluster in the south east NSW-ACT region. This […]
Finally, keep your eyes on ABC TV’s Lateline. There will be story on Northern Rivers Energy this week – including film of the Brookfarm (the Byron-based macadamia muesli producer) PV installation and the 300kW solar installation at the Ballina STP. Lateline: ABC Tuesday, 11:30pm and ABC News 24, 10:30pm.
NSW OEH has announced a new round of funding for community energy projects. Applications are now open until 12pm 15 December 2014 for grants up to $70,000. Find out more about the Growing Community Energy program and grant applications at the Office of Environment and Heritage website.