What is your best sustainable Christmas decoration idea?

2018-10-16T23:22:11+00:00October 16th, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

I was making an appointment the other day and the person said 'what about 5th December?' 'But that is nearly Christmas!' Yes, only about eight weeks away'. So with Christmas in mind, I wondered how much electricity is used on Christmas tree and other decorations. According to this 2015 Huffington Post article , US Christmas lights burn more [...]

AFL Clubs see the sense of solar

2018-09-30T07:55:30+00:00September 30th, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

I know that it is a bit after the fact in terms of the game, but it is interesting to think of how much money sporting clubs can make (particularly community clubs) if they can make savings on their energy bills. This article outlines the AFL clubs that have taken on solar.

You might be eligible for reimbursement on your household solar installation

2018-09-19T04:57:12+00:00September 19th, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

Did your household have solar panels installed  on or after August  19? If so, you can now apply for a Solar Homes rebate via the Solar Victoria website. According to Energy Matters, eligible applicants can now receive half the cost of their installation back, capped at $2,225.  

Project #5 Agriculture Meets Manufacturing

2018-08-12T03:51:25+00:00August 12th, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

A potential farmer’s cooperative is, with the support of Victorian and local government, preparing a feasibility study for the harvesting of straw (stubble left after grain harvesting) and supplying as a thermal energy source to the Skipton Hospital and manufacturers currently using gas. Indications are the straw could be delivered for $6 to $10 per [...]

GridEdge Energy Storage Systems

2018-08-08T06:01:18+00:00August 8th, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

Our colleagues in the Latrobe Valley reported on this new energy storage system and we thought that we would pass it on. GridEdge Energy Storage Systems GridEdge supply an alternative to lithium-ion batteries, a non-toxic sodium-nickel chloride battery otherwise known as a molten salt battery. These SoNick battery systems are made by Swiss battery powerhouse FIAMM. [...]

Project #7 Mollongghip and District Community Power

2018-08-05T09:27:38+00:00August 5th, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

The community has had a number of meetings and workshops since February this year to determine what is their vision for community renewable energy, the types of applications and potential ownership structures. A committee has been appointed by the community which is investigating concepts of energy efficiency and green power purchase, energy assessments and retrofits, [...]

Project #2 Ballarat General Cemetries

2018-07-22T06:17:27+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

Ballarat General Cemeteries Ballarat General Cemeteries is a not for profit organisation providing the care of Ballarat’s extensive Cemetery, Chapel, Crematorium and historic gardens. Its electricity and gas supply charges are significant operating expenses. The property has its own water catchment dams used for irrigation of the lawns, garden beds and ornamental water features. Much [...]

Project Update #1 McCallum Linen

2018-07-22T03:46:44+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Ballarat, General News|

McCallum Linen Combined Solar and Wood Waste Power McCallum Linen currently supplies a large number of accommodation facilities in the Ballarat Region with laundered bedding and towels. This social enterprise, which provides people with special needs with employment and training opportunities, is facing ever increasing costs for its gas and electricity. The CPH Ballarat has [...]

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