When: Wednesday 19th June 2013
Time: 6.30 for 7:00pm
Where: Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus (Engineering Building – Room EN213). For a map of Swinburne click here.
Entry: Gold Coin Donation to cover catering costs
Convenor: Chris Moss from the ATA Melbourne branch.
The ATA’s International Projects Group (IPG) works in partnership with community groups in Australia and East Timor to provide clean, renewable light and electricity to communities in one of the world’s poorest nations. Since 2003 the group of volunteers and professionals from the solar industry have helped install solar lighting and power to more than 1000 homes, community centres, orphanages, schools and hospitals in remote rural villages. There is a strong focus of training Timorese people to install and manage their own solar power and lighting.
In this presentation, Michael O’Connell, Convenor of the ATA International Projects Group, spoke about what’s happening with the IPG, future projects, Village Lighting Scheme – lighting individual houses cheaply, Tours of past projects and a film of a previous project tour. It covered the technologies used, and the problems and joys of doing something really worthwhile.
Michael has visited East Timor many times as a volunteer, installing solar power systems in remote communities and conducting training. The IPG is always looking for supporters to help deliver our projects through donations of time, knowledge, contacts, equipment or financial assistance.
IPG website: http://www.ata.org.au/international-projects-group
Slides: Click here for the Michael O’Connell’s presentation.
Video: Click here for a video of the meeting on Youtube.
Branch email for enquiries: [email protected]