Community owned renewable energy coming to the Central Coast

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COMMUNITY OWNED RENEWABLE ENERGY COMING TO THE CENTRAL COAST

 

The Central Coast Community Energy Association (CCCE) is holding a public forum so members of the Central Coast community can find out about the new, rapidly growing world of community owned renewable energy. Nicky Ison, from the Community Power Agency, and members of the CCCE executive will outline community owned renewable energy projects from around the world, Australia and our own fledgling project here on the Coast.

Learn about community owned renewable energy projects around the globe

Find out how the community can invest in a structure to allow small investors to pool their finances and own a renewable energy project

CCCE was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to research ways community groups could work with councils on renewable energy projects. CCCE is investigating solar photovoltaic and biogas options.

Our guest speaker Nicky Ison has been involved in the grassroots climate movement for the past decade. She was part of the organising collective for the inaugural Climate Action Summit in Canberra in 2009. During 2010, Nicky undertook a self-funded study tour of 30 community energy projects and organisations across Europe. She is also instrumental in lobbying the Federal Government to support the emerging community-owned energy sector with a $50 million grant fund. The campaign is now collecting signatures on a petition it will take to Parliament House in June …Community Power Agency:http://www.cpagency.org.au/index.php

The next CCCE meeting is on July 11, at the Business Incubator on the Ourimbah Campus of Newcastle University, at 6.30 for 7pm.

Map available on the CCCE website cccommunityenergy.org

Further enquiries:

Kate da Costa, community engagement co-convenor, 0419 481 328

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