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ATA Sydney Central branch - Site visit - Solar + Storage @ Stucco Co-operative: an Australian-first for Apartment Blocks
April 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

When: Monday 10 April 2017, 5:45 for a 6:00pm start.
Where: NOTE - change of venue.  STUCCO Housing Cooperative at 197-207 Wilson St, Newtown (click here for a map).
Cost: We will be asking participants for a $5 donation that will go towards STUCCO to fund an energy monitor that provides real-time energy usage of the solar and storage system.

We are mixing it up this month as we leave our usual venue to go out on a site tour to see some solar and storage in action!  Our venue is STUCCO Housing Cooperative at 197-207 Wilson St, Newtown. The site is easily accessible either from Redfern or Macdonaldtown train stations or the Wilson St. Cycleway with on-street parking also available nearby.  It is a measure of how far we have come to be able to see solar + storage projects come to life.  If you know anybody who lives in apartment and has been saying that they would like to see to see a solar + storage project happen where they live, make sure they come along to this!

Talk summary:

Currently, around three quarters of inner Sydney residents live in apartments and are thereby locked out of accessing solar power.  The Solar + Storage project at Stucco Co-operative is changing this!  The co-op, made up of 40 students across eight units, took control of its energy supply by becoming an embedded network and installing 30 kW of solar and 43 kWh of battery storage.  This renewable energy system now supplies 80% of the total buildings electricity needs, and across the year the solar system produces more energy than is consumed locally, making the building carbon negative.

Speaker: Dr Bjorn Sturmberg

Dr Sturmberg was awarded an ARENA scholarship for his PhD research at University of Sydney, which culminated in a thesis entitled "The optical physics of dielectric nanostructures: enabling improved photovoltaic designs". He is now an associate lecturer at Macquarie University and a director of Kairos Power, an engineering consultancy whose projects include multi-million dollar hybrid micro-grids and embedded networks.

In 2016 he co-initiated and managed the first installation of a Solar + Storage system in an Australian apartment block. This development, at Stucco Co-operative, won an Environmental Performance - Innovation Grant from the City of Sydney. In 2017 he launched the social enterprise SunTenants to bring the solar revolution to Australian rental properties.

For more information on the Stucco Co-operative click on these articles Uni students power up with world’s largest rack of Enphase batteries and Sydney students pioneer Australian-first solar apartment project.

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Directions and further details:

Please arrive outside the STUCCO Housing Cooperative at 197-207 Wilson St, Newtown 5.45pm pm for a 6:00pm start. The site is easily accessible either from Redfern or Macdonaldtown train stations or the Wilson St. Cycleway.

Note that we will provide a snack but the usual tea and coffee facilities will not be available.  Please bring BYO drink for this site visit.  After the meeting you are also welcome to join us at the nearby Royal in Darlington.

The ATA is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Upcoming Events

The NSW Branch of the Australian Solar Council is holding its monthly talk on Tuesday 25th April, 6:00pm - 8:00pm and all ATA members and friends are most welcome. The location is the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Room 410, Level 2 (Ground Floor, entrance level) Building 10, 235 Jones St, Broadway NSW 2007.

The ATA Wollongong branch is having their next talk on Thursday 4th May.  The pre-talk refreshments start at 6pm with the talk by presenter Phil Latz on the topic of electric bikes and how far that increasingly popular technology has come, commencing at 6.30pm at the University of Wollongong.  If you'd like to attend please email to confirm the location within the University.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the ATA Sydney Central Branch.

ATA Sydney Central Branch - Co-convenor
David Winterton
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