SCEG news, events and how to get involved

Surf Coast Energy Group Newsletter
Summer 2015/2016

We wish all SCEG supporters a Safe and Happy Festive Season
and look forward to a cleaner, greener 2016!


  • SCEG Solar Meeting: Wednesday 16th Dec. 11:30am-1:30pm at @ TOPS, 14 Price St Torquay
  • SCEG/Danawa Xmas Party: 6pm, Sunday 20 December. Danawa Community Gardens.
  • SCEG Movie Night– Bag It: Friday 22 January, 7pm, Surfworld Torquay. More info on our website soon.
  • Nightjar Festival– Every thursday in January 2016 4pm- 10pm Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay
  • Surf Coast Green Drinks: Back next year! Keep up to date via the facebook group

Solar Corner by Aaron

Energy Storage and Battery Ready Solar

Home battery storage systems have been getting their fair share of media exposure lately, the Tesla Powerwall battery launch got everyone talking and a number of energy storage companies are targeting Australia as a key market to launch their products into. Over the past few years we’ve also seen some rather large electricity price increases and many electricity retailers have gotten away with treating their customers like dirt. Combine this with low solar feed in tariffs, a large amount of residential solar installations and a climate with its fair share of sunlight and you’ve got a recipe for a battery storage revolution. Read more

Aaron Lewtas is Vice President of the SCEG Committee and also runs his own solar power business Green Energy Options

News from Paris

The Moreland Energy Foundation’s CEO, Paul Murfitt, is currently in Paris at the UN’s Climate Change Conference and has recently sent back a report highlighting some of the inspiring happenings as well as some of the hurdles yet to overcome. Read the report from Moreland Energy Foundation bulletin

You can also sign this Avaaz petition encouraging China, South Africa, Brazil and India to join the coalition of 100 rich and poor countries keen to push through an ambitious clean energy deal.

Be a Waste Warrior

Nightjar markets are looking for waste warriors- Duties include: Recycling and composting education, waste collection, interacting with festival crowd, inspiring environmental change in the community. Must be passionate about sustainability and be confident to engage with the public! Training will be provided. You will need to be available on Thursdays in January 2016 and would be rostered from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, (includes a short dinner break).  Benefits include free entry to festival and free meal token. Apply by December 20

It’s Christmas Party Time!

Danawa and SCEG members (and their families) are invited to celebrate Christmas at the Danawa Community Gardens. Come along and share a great evening with friendly, fun and eco-minded people that all have a genuine passion for sustainability, supporting local businesses, creativity, gardening and home grown goodness.
As well as a great feast there will also be children’s activities, a wishing tree, Christmas raffle, a bonfire and drumming by the talented people from Wild Moves.
Date: Sun 20th December
Time: 6pm
Place: Danawa Community Gardens (near Torquay football oval & tennis courts), 2 Great Ocean Rd, Torquay VIC 3128
Bring: A homegrown/homemade/locally produced salad or dessert,Chairs to sit on, Drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Your Christmas spirit!
Turkey, ham and roast potatoes will be supplied
We also encourage you to bring along a wrapped gift (with gender tag on it) or some non-perishable food which Danawa and SCEG will donate to the local food bank/charity.
Hope to see you there!!!! :)

Grow It

As the weather warms up there are plenty of things to do in the garden including protecting your precious plants from the drying summer weather. Here’s what to plant in December as well as a few other useful tips from Sustainable Gardening Australia

Membership renewal reminder!

Another quick reminder that SCEG membership fees were due by November 1.
You can pay by direct deposit, via our website by credit card or paypal, post a cheque to us or pay in person.
Please head to the website for more instructions.

Get involved:

SCEG Committee meetings are the second Tuesday of the month 7pm at TOPS (The Old Police Station) in Price st Torquay. Next meeting January.12 2016.SCEG Community Solar Group usually meets the 3rd Monday of each month 7pm at TOPS but the last meeting for the month will be on Wednesday 16 December, 11.30am- 1.30pm at TOPS. BYO lunch for a special brainstorm session.

Contact us for more info on any of the above

 from the SCEG team

and a reminder that the SCEG office will be closed for the school holidays, reopening Tuesday February 2 2016.
You can still contact us via and we will be posting events and information on our facebook page and website so you can keep up to date with what’s happening.

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