SCEG has formed a sub-committee for a community-owned ‘Big Solar’ project to look at how we could encourage larger commercial scale solar installations in the Surf Coast Shire. The group is still in the early stages and looking at two options:

1.    A behind-the-meter rooftop model supplying power to an existing organisation

2.    A greenfield grid-feed site

We are currently investigating financial models and a legal structure for the group and need advice in these areas. If you can help out or are interested in attending our meetings held monthly (in the evening) at TOPS in Torquay, please contact us.

Check out this podcast from The Pulse Sustainable Hour radio show recorded 26/3/14 where Aaron Lewtas gives and overview of the project.

The People’s Solar project at Aireys Inlet Primary School launched in September 2015 as part of Environment week.  You can find out more and donate to the project here

Solar Forum April 26 2015

SCEG hosted a forum in April that explored 100% renewables for the Surfcoast including Crowdfunding opportunities, community owned investment options and more.

Links and inspiration from cities and shires around Australia

  • Byron Bayis aiming to reach a “net zero emissions” target that will see it become the first regional shire in Australia to achieve that goal. Read more
  • Canberra, the Australian capital, in Australian Capital Territory, has legislated an ambitious target to source 90% of its power from renewable sources by 2020, a quarter of which will come from wind energy. Read more
  • Canning, a Perth sururb, wants to lead by example and help minimise the impact of climate change and is undertaking exemplary projects and practices aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating fossil fuel dependence. See video
  • Fremantledemonstrates leadership in sustainability as the first carbon neutral local government in Western Australia.
  • LeichhardtCouncil of the inner-west Sydney city of Leichhardt has committed to becoming 100 per cent renewable by 2025.
  • Lismore Cityin New South Wales is looking to a range of innovative measures as part of its plan to go 100% renewables by 2023.
  • Melbourne in Australia is aspiring to become The Carbon-Free Capital of the World. The City of Melbourne has been certified ‘carbon neutral’ as part of its undertaking to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities. The carbon neutrality marked a major sustainability milestone, wrote on 19 March 2013.
    Melbourne has set a number of specified goals to reduce emissions: By 25 per cent from business-as-usual levels in its commercial sector by 2020, by 20 per cent in residential sector by 2020, by 19 per cent from energy production by 2020. By 20 per cent from public transport by 2020, 15 per cent from cars, and 100 per cent increase in use of bicycles. Read more
  • Moreland Councilin Melbourne’s inner north with a Zero Carbon Evolution strategy to reduce community GHG emissions by 22 per cent by 2020 and is the first council in Australia to divest.
  • Newsteadin Victoria, Australia, is soon powered entirely by the sun. The town is planning to convert to 100% clean power already by 2017. Read more
  • Sydneyin Australia has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent below 2006-levels by 2030. This includes a target of 30 per cent of electricity from renewable sources. Read more
  • The island Tasmania aims for 100% renewable energy by 2020
  • Urallain northern New South Wales, Australia – population 2,300 – is moving the entire town, which features several foundries and other metal manufacturing business, towards a Zero Net Energy Town, powered 100% on renewable energy. ABC | |
  • The town of Yackandandahnear Wangaratta in north-east Victoria is aiming to become Australia’s first town to operate off 100% renewable energy by 2022. Read more

    » RenewEconomy – 23 September 2014:
    Australia can get to zero carbon emissions, and grow the economy
    A report, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world’(PDF) finds that Australia can reach net zero emissions by 2050 while the economy continues to grow at a similar rate as today — 2.4% of GDP per year.


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