Sustainable, dementia friendly house built in the desert wins Engineering Excellence Award
Desert Rose House recently won an Australian Engineering Excellence Award. About 70% of people living with dementia actually live in the community, not within an aged care setting. House designs like this one may provide the answer. The house design was submitted and built for the 2018 Solar Decathlon in Dubai but we think it has many features applicable for inland Australia, particularly in a warming climate. It contains many automatic thermal control elements which are available off the shelf.
Read the article: Building a sustainable, dementia-friendly home in the desert
by Edie-Louise Diemar October 29, 2020 on the Create - Engineering Ideas into Reality - Australian Engineers website . The photography of the Desert Rose House was included in the article.
Australian Local Power Agency Bill 2021 introduced by Helen Haines MP into Federal Parliament on February 22 2021
Speaking at BSFG's Climate Science Talks on Friday 26 February, Helen Haines MP updated the local community on the progress of the Local Power Plan initiative , reporting that she had introduced the Australian Local Power Agency Bill 2021 into Federal Parliament earlier that week. This bill encapsulates the Local Power Plan, a blueprint for everyday Australians to benefit from the coming renewable energy boom in heir local area. An informativebackground paper 'Unlocking community energy in Australia' , updates and other resources are available on the Local Power Plan Website.
Helen's passion for renewable energy is contagious. “In the 21st century we can build a new generation of prosperity by catching the suns rays and surfing the prevailing winds."
We recently received and are considering the information on the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative from Fiona Roberts, Community and Partnerships Program Officer, Hume Region
Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
The Neighborhood Battery Initiative is now open for applications. There are two streams of project funding of a total of $3 million. The first stream is for project development and the second stream is for projects that are ready to be implemented. See announcement below for more details and a link to the website for guidelines, FAQs and application portal. Applications for the NBI closes 5pm 11 April 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2021.
A Consultation Paper seeking stakeholder views about the opportunities and challenges associated with neighbourhood-scale batteries in Victoria is now available on the Engage Victoria website. I encourage you to read this and give your valued input and feedback. This also closes on 11 April 2021. Here is the link to the consultation paper: https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-neighbourhood-battery-initiative-consultation
The Victorian Government has launched the $3 million Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI), inviting applications for neighbourhood-scale battery projects from local investors, businesses, community groups and other interested parties. These batteries can provide a range of benefits to electricity users, networks and Victorian communities by playing a valuable role in supporting residential solar systems to soak up excess solar output during the day which can then be dispatched during times of peak demand.
Stream 1: Project development
Funding (of up to $150,000) will be provided for project(s) that:
Stream 2: Implementation-ready projects
Funding (of up to $800,000) will be provided for project(s) that:
the NBI close on 11 April 2021.
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