Community renewable energy: session explores options

Members of Castlemaine's West End Resilience group at the solar-panel equipped West End Hall. Photo: Stewart Carter.

Eve Lamb

Castlemaine’s West End Resilience Group is inviting all with an interest in community renewable energy options to head online and join its upcoming information night on Monday October 25.
Starting 7pm, Monday evening’s online session will take place via Zoom and is open to all, West End Resilience Group’s Alison Whitten says.
“The session will featuring our guest speakers, Alan Pears and James Jenkins, and the aim is to create interest in community renewable energy options for Castlemaine and to hear about another community in Yackandandah that’s on the way to being 100% renewable by 2022,” says Alison, a West End resident with a professional background in urban planning and design.
“Alan Pears is an environmental consultant and a pioneer of energy efficiency policy in Australia since the late 1970s.
“He has been involved in energy-environmental rating and regulation of buildings, green building developments, and efficient appliance development and he’s looking forward to providing Castlemaine residents with insights into new developments in energy generation, storage and distribution.
“And James Jenkins is a resident of Osborne’s Flat near Yackandandah in north-east Victoria, and is a member of the committee that oversees Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY).”
Alison says TRY is a volunteer run community group with the lofty goal of powering Yackandandah with 100% renewable energy, delivering resilience, savings, lower emissions and proving it can be done.
“The West End Resilience group formed in response to the 2019-20 bushfires and growing awareness of the impacts of climate change with the aim of connecting people and supporting the community as a whole to be more resilient,” says Alison who now works with the City of Melbourne in sustainability and resilience. Read more in today’s Mail…

Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.