on July 11, at 6.30 for 7pm
at the Business Incubator (see map) on the Ourimbah Campus of Newcastle University.
The Central Coast Community Energy Association (CCCE) will hold a meeting for interested members of the public to 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.
Over 600 community owned renewable energy projects currently generate electricity in Germany alone. In the United Kingdom, Westmill is 100% community owned and generates enough electricty from its windmills to power 2,500 homes. It is simply one of many similar schemes, including Brixton Energy in south London, and The Abergwyngregyn Regeneration Company working towards an innovate hydro project in Wales.
Here, the Central Coast Community Energy Association is working to establish an investment structure to allow small investors to pool their finances and own a renewable energy project. We are investigating solar photovoltaic and biogas options. 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.