For ATA members in the Toowoomba area and surrounds.
ATA Toowoomba branch event - Community Owned Renewable Energy ForumMay 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm
When: Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 6pm. Tea, coffee available from 5.30pm for start as 6pm sharp.
Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Corner Victoria and Herries Streets, Toowoomba. Click here for a Google map.
Cost: Free event
RSVP: By 8 May 2017 to [email protected]
Presentation: Community Owned Renewable Energy Forum
There has been much controversy in recent months about energy security and the role of renewables. While politicians have bickered, communities are taking their energy needs into their own hands.
There are many options for community owned renewable energy. This meeting will look at some of the successful community energy models that are already operating across the country.
One model in regional NSW has a local cooperative installing solar panels on businesses and letting them use the energy generated for a cheaper price. The money comes back to the cooperative to pay for the investment and provide a dividend which might then be used for community energy efficiency education. See Repower Shoalhaven.
Another in the Northern Rivers has local investors establishing an energy retailer in competition with other established retailers such as AGL and Origin, providing less expensive energy and returning funds to the community. See Enova Energy.
One Melbourne Council has a program for assisting low income households, such as pensioners, put in rooftop solar panels with the repayments made with the rates. See Darebin Council Solar Saver Program.
Not only are there financial benefits of these programs, the communities in which they take place are empowered and energised by their involvement.
At this Community Owned Renewable Energy Forum, the community has an opportunity to hear in more detail about these exciting developments. This is also a chance for Toowoomba and the Darling Downs to be part of a national community energy initiative.
We look forward to seeing you there,
ATA Toowoomba Branch Convenor, 0419 736 219, [email protected]