The headline in this article asks Why aren't we doing more about Climate Change? And I am sure that many of you have asked the same question. And there is plenty to be done on a national and global level. There is plenty to be done on a local level too, and we have met with [...]
The financial, environmental, aesthetic and community impacts of solar can be hard to measure for those of us who want to 'do the right thing' but find some of the information difficult to understand. Others of us might just be unsure of how trustworthy the information is. That is why it is great that CHOICE [...]
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 [...]
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. https://arena.gov.au/blog/the-afl-solar-scoreboard/
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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, [...]
Coghills Creek Community Hall Community Power Hub Ballarat has completed the feasibility study for the Coghills Creek Community Hall for a 6.5kW PV system. The Coghills Creek Progress Association are now seeking funding for its implementation.
Ballan Community Centre The Ballan Community Centre Solar Power installation has completed its feasibility study and business case and installation of a 6.6kW PV system with some energy efficiency measures will be funded by Hepburn Wind and Powershop at a cost of $8,250. Expect to see media reports of its commissioning in coming weeks!