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Tonight! Renewable energy bulk buy campaign begins on the Highlands

Mittagong RSL, 6 pm tonight (26 October)

Your opportunity to access world leading battery technology from brands including Tesla Energy LG Chem, and solar panels from Tindo Solar, Australia’s only Australian made and owned solar company. Reposit Power is also on board, helping bring the future of energy to people today. By harnessing their collective purchasing power, participants have the opportunity to access these leading technologies at $1k-$2k below average market prices.

Local community groups all over southern NSW are partnering with social enterprise SunCrowd, to enable one of the biggest renewable energy bulk buy campaigns ever seen in this country. The bulk buys will cover 5 regions, with free events in the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Goulburn, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

Hand-picked community energy leaders from each region, trained by SunCrowd, will provide local, independent expert advice to enable individuals to find the right home energy solution for their household or small business.

One bulk buy of this kind took place in Newcastle throughout July of this year. The campaign was run in partnership with local community group, Climate Action Newcastle and was a roaring success – with over 998 solar panels and 201 batteries purchased by the local community. 193 households in the Newcastle region took part, benefitting from trusted technology and lower prices by working together.

The free Southern Highlands launch event, organised in partnership with community groups Climate Action Now Wingecarribee (CANWin) and Moss Vale Community Garden (MVCG) will be held in Mittagong next Wednesday 26th October. To secure your free ticket and get involved visit www.suncrowd.com.au/southernhighlands.

If you can’t attend tonight’s launch event you can still register your interest and find out more about how you can get involved in this exciting campaign.

By participating in the bulk buy you’ll not only benefit yourself, but enable your community to benefit as well through SunCrowd’s unique Community Benefit Scheme – which sees a portion of the revenue flow back into your local community to support the campaign partners and boost renewable energy projects.

SunCrowd is a movement of Australian households taking the power back into their own hands. The aim is to remove the decision-making complexity and confusion associated with new energy technologies, whilst using our collective purchasing power to lower prices.

Miles Lochhead, spokesperson for CANWin, explained: “With thousands of solar panel installations already in the Southern Highlands, we’re excited to provide locals with the opportunity to jump on board with the latest renewable technology, and in turn reduce our community carbon footprint. Even better, partnering with SunCrowd will enable locals to save money in the process and provide useful funds to support both CANWin and Moss Vale Community Garden”.

“With five communities joining this bulk buy spanning along the south coast from Ulladulla to Wollongong, and inland to Goulburn, the Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains in the west, there’s a real opportunity to benefit from a big discount off the normal retail prices.”

Chris Cooper, Chief Energy Officer at SunCrowd, also commented,

“For the first time in human history, we can create an energy system which is sustainable, affordable and democratic. But to make this dream a reality, it’s up to us – the people – to show leadership, act together, and take the power back. RSVP for your local event and let’s take the power back to the people!”

Find out more and RSVP for our local Southern Highlands event at suncrowd.com.au/southernhighlands

Vote for a safer climate

CANWin supports the #AYCC Australian Youth Climate Council in their campaign to #VoteClimate and to #PutOurFutureFirst. Here’s their Scorecard for the major parties:

AYCC climate scorecard

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Getup have also prepared scorecards on climate and on renewable energy. For your information, here they are:

Getup climate scorecard

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Getup renewables scorecard

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The Economics of Solar Energy for Homes – Manuel Cilia

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Guest Speaker Forum – Battery Energy storage: Technology options and economic considerations

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Plant to plate On the Grow for kids in the Highlands

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The On the Grow (OtG) team of coordinators is all set to take out the OtG veggie seedling kit to twelve local schools in the first two weeks of February, kicking off at Colo Vale Public School on the 1st February. They will offer an hour-long information/activity session for primary age children The session would involve a potting up activity, educating kids about the importance of backyard food to our health and what they need to know about growing on seedlings to have growing success at home and at school. They will also be providing them with three seedlings each to take home and nurture to maturity until they end up on the dinner plate. Our thanks go to Speedy Seedlings Leppington and Southern Phone Community Grant program for making this project possible.

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Railway Street Farmers Market

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‘Much excitement as the launch day approaches for the new weekly Railway Street Farmers Market on Thursday 28th January. Some of our anchor stalls include:
• Moonacres Farm (Fitzroy Falls) supplying a wide range of certified organic vegetables harvested that day.
• Tennessee Orchard (Yerrimbool) with fresh farm vegetables and their famous apples soon in season
• Flour Water Salt (featured on Food Safari Fire SBS 21st January 8pm) with artisan sourdough bread and pastries
• Snax on Trax – Simona’s organic fair trade coffee and yummy snacks to enjoy while you do the weekly food shopping
• Chiron Farm (Robertson) – Pi Wei’s delicious nashi pears(from February) and backyard treats
• Bare Greens (Canyonleigh) – pick your own salad greens and herbs from live produce towers – couldn’t be more fresh.
• Curly’s Compost to help your home garden grow productively
• Moss Vale and Bundanoon Community Gardens – with a range of produce, preserves, and live plants.
For more information on additional local growers you can meet at the Railway Street Farmers Market go to –
https://www.facebook.com/Railway-Street-Farmers-Market-Moss-Vale-187900588230499/

Coal: your day is done

Flier based on SHCAG for rally, 7 Mar 2015
The direct impact of coal mining on water resources is bad enough, but it’s not the only reason to turn up for tomorrow’s rally.

97% of practising climate scientists agree that burning coal is changing the climate to something civilised humans have never known. That’s another reason.

Need another one? Coal harms the health of people who live and work in the Hunter Valley at a money cost of around $600 million a year.

Long story short: King Coal’s day is done. People and the planet can no longer afford coal.

Whatever your reason, tomorrow come along and rally against coal mining in the Highlands. See you there!!

The complex questions around climate change

Word cloud for climate changeNow that we’ve all agreed that climate change is happening, and that it is not good for animals, plants, little children or the rest of us, what can we do about it?

Stop burning fossil fuels seems to be the answer, until we start to work out why we burn fossil fuels and how we might be affected by stopping. Our modern way of life is based on cheap energy. Up to now this has come from burning coal and other fossil fuels, and which may well continue to do so for some time. Individuals may and should attempt to find ways to limit their energy consumption through actions such as reducing private vehicle travel, and limiting excessive consumption. But our industrialised world seems to be powering on with “business as usual” demanding continued and increasing economic growth, based on the production of ever more buildings, roads, and consumer goods. In Australia we see continuance of major land clearing for open-cut coal extraction, the building of more ports for export of raw materials despite damage to reefs and fisheries, the destruction of forests and habitats in favour of pulp and paper making… Continue reading