Exciting News!!!! Repower Shoalhaven has entered into an arrangement with Flow Power to co-develop a 3MWac solar farm for the Shoalhaven. Flow Power is a substantial electricity retailer operating in Victoria and NSW focussing on renewable energy. The goal of the arrangement is for Repower Shoalhaven and Flow Power to have equal share in the ownership of a 3MWac solar farm located on Nowra Hill Road, off BTU Road, on land leased from Shoalhaven City Council.
Most of us are frustrated by the lack of strong political leadership in addressing global warming and accelerated climate change. But there is a large amount of investment and innovation in renewables happening on a local and industry level despite the policy vacuum.
In the last 12 months, the 23 community funded solar projects administered by Repower Shoalhaven have:
* generated 860,000 kWh of clean electricity
* reduced CO2 emission by 700 tonnes
* reduced the power bills of local businesses and farms
* provided investors with reasonable returns.
How good is that????
Think globally act locally!
REPOWER Shoalhaven is seeking to build a solar farm that builds on the national momentum for community-based solar power. This is a community initiative planned to supply 4 Megawatts of affordable, solar generated electricity to the Shoalhaven community on a not for profit basis. Up to 2,000 households and/or businesses could be provided with lower cost, renewable energy from the project. The site selected is, subject to the resolution of access issues, a former waste management site in South Nowra. The project aims to take a degraded, contaminated site of little intrinsic value, and turn it into a hub for renewable energy. A dedicated team is working hard to bring this project to reality. Stay up to date with the project by signing up to the email list here.
By Daniel Jones.
It’s true that people can create ‘energy’. Not the kind that powers lights, but it can be felt and has an effect just the same.
A day before the congress started and it was already buzzing, after settling in we heard from two Churchill Scholarship holders and at this little side event. You can only imagine what it was like the next morning; walking through the CBD of Melbourne, up the red carpet staircase of the Town Hall and into the main chamber. Here hundreds of Community Energy Congress attendees were checking in and meeting each other to the soundtrack of the cinema screen sized organ; the Indiana Jones theme was probably my favourite.
An insight into the Community Energy Congress 2017, by Jessica Burg.
As a second-timer, I was curious and excited to see what this community energy congress had to offer and how other community groups had progressed since the last congress just over 2 years ago. Since our plane was delayed, we took the opportunity at the airport to chat about everything we hoped to learn or develop over the next few days; it was a great mix of legal queries, community engagement, industry challenges and more.
Sun up on People Power
Sydney Morning Herald
By Kieran Gair
First, it was the local bowling club. Then the churches. In the Shoalhaven, community solar power is on the rise.
By Jessica Long, South Coast Register
REPOWER Shoalhaven kicked off its local renewable energy project at the Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club on Thursday.
As part of the Renewable Energy Action Plan the day marked the opening of the club’s 99kW solar panel system. The not-for-profit association develops community solar projects and organises installation to benefit the community, economy and environment.
By Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy
Just under three months ago, NSW not-for-profit community renewables group Repower Shoalhaven launched an online campaign to raise enough money to install a rooftop solar system at the local bowling club, and kick off the south-coast NSW town’s transition to sustainable energy systems.
By Dayle Latham
A cut to the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) would threaten the viability of future solar energy projects in the region, according to not-for-profit community energy association Repower Shoalhaven president Chris Cooper.
South Coast Register, 16/4/2014
A celebration of solar power took place at Kangaroo Valley Community Centre and Ambulance Station on Sunday. The event marked the success of the community-driven solar panel and energy efficient lighting project run by REpower Shoalhaven.
Thirty-two individuals and organisations donated almost $10,000 for the solar power and LED lighting system. It also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the centre, which was also celebrated.
South Coast Register article on our most recent 'New Energy Showcase' evening in November , sponsored by the Silos Estate Winery.
The event was an amazing success, with approximately 80 people in attendance. Many thanks to Christina Kirsch from Clear Sky Solar Investments for coming down from Sydney to present. Also many thanks to Raj from Silo's Estate for providing the venue and keeping people topped up with their amazing carbon neutral wine!
South Coast Register article on the project kick-off for our joint project with the Kangaroo Valley Lions Club. The project aims to 'crowd-fund' a solar PV system for the Kangaroo Valley Community Centre and ambulance station to mark the 10 year anniversary of the building.
As of July 2013 there were 16 small wind turbines in the Shoalhaven and surrounding areas. But many of these have been high profile failures and have since been taken down. So does small wind power have a future? And is your property suited to small wind? To find out, we asked Katie Ross*, small wind expert at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, who spoke to REPOWER Shoalhaven's Chris Cooper.