Kickstart the Journey to Zero Carbon Emissions with REB & Mondo Power - Information Sessions on 10th and 22nd April at BPACC
A post for Benalla Sustainable Future Group members and friends from BSFT president, John Lloyd.
There have been lots of developments around energy retailers of late but DC Power is a little different. For example it is aiming to be crowd funded and hopes to become a dedicated solar company.
The link to their website: www.dcpowerco.com.au
Those members who attended the 2017 AGM last June may remember Peter Holmes informing the meeting that this will be John Lloyd's last year as President. After eight years he has decided it is time to step aside and let someone else take over that role. Naturally this has raised the question of a successor. Who will take on the role of president?
The issue of succession planning has been discussed by the committee who believe that it is important to inform BSFG members and to seek out members who may be interested/prepared/willing to take on the role of president at the AGM in June.
There are many people amongst the BSFG membership who could take on this important leadership role. While, as inaugural President, John took on a numberof roles, the committee recognises that this cannot be expected of the next president and have decided that a number of these roles need to be shared.
John will continue as Convenor of the Renewable Energy Benalla Action Group which is, and will continue to be, a very demanding role. He will also continue with the organisation of the Environmentally Sustainable Business Award.
Please contact either Peter Holmes or Peter Maddock if you would like to discuss the role further, or to
nominate for the position.
Peter Holmes 0438 625 638
or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Maddock 0418 135 330
or email, email@example.com.
REB Report to BSFG Meeting, 22nd February, 2018
The BZE-Benalla Transition Strategy document details three major strategies that need to be implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve zero net energy. These strategies are:
i) Energy efficiency measures to reduce energy use,
ii) Promote and install local roof top solar,
iii) Investigate utility scale renewables, battery storage and micro grids.
Mondo Power Bulk Buy Offer
Mondo Power will be presenting their proposal for a bulk buy of panels, monitoring systems and eventually batteries, and the establishment of microgrids, to the Benalla community in early April. This proposal, if accepted by community members, will lead to increased numbers of PV panels on roofs and has the potential to see the establishment of microgrids in Benalla at a future date.
Small working groups have started to prepare plans to start on the implementation of the three major strategies mentioned above:
Offer of assistance from solar farm developer
FRV Services Australia, a Solar Farm Developer, has approached BSFG/REB to offer assistance.
This is part of the community engagement and benefit sharing by renewable energy project developers required by the Victorian government if they wish to be involved in the VRET.
Financial support is certainly part of this assistance being offered and there may be other forms of assistance as well.
Indi Energy Action Group
Cathy McGowan, Federal Member for Indi, has established an Indi Energy Action Group to promote and support community energy groups across the electorate of Indi.
Community Energy Retailer
Work is being done to investigate the possibility of establishing a community energy retailer in north-east Victoria. The proposed community energy retailer would be a decentralised energy retailer providing a platform for local communities to achieve community energy goals and access locally generated renewable energy.
Renewable Energy Benalla
Regular updates on sustainability issues of concern to BSFG members in Benalla and North East Victoria and on key events in the BSFG calendar.