Renewable Energy Benalla has submitted applications for two different grants.
a) Hume Region Community Renewable Energy Mini-Grants
This grants program aims to support communities to engage members of their communities in activities or events which raise awareness and understanding of renewable energy opportunities. An application titled "Engaging Benalla in a Renewable Energy Future" was submitted. The grant sought was for $2915 for the design and printing of a range of communication materials to assist REB raise its profile and increase engagement with the wider Benalla community. Benalla Sustainable Future Group was nominated as the lead agency as REB does not have a bank account. This application was successful and the moneys will be paid into the BSFG bank account.
b) Victorian Community Climate Change Adaptation Grants (3CA Grants)
The 3CA Grants program aims to support practical projects focused on adaptation activities with clear community benefit. Discussions were held with Goulbourn Valley Community Energy (GVCE) about a joint application to thermally upgrade low income housing by improving draught proofing and insulation to make them more energy efficient and more thermally comfortable. A joint application for $100,000 titled 'Adapting Community Housing for Climate Change' has been made with GVCE nominated as the lead organisation. If the application is successful GVCE will handle the financial aspects. The submission involves conducting assessments of 50 houses owned or managed by community housing organisations, 25 in Benalla and 25 in Goulburn Valley, and then carrying out retrofits of those houses. In Benalla we will focus on houses managed by Beyond Housing. Announcement of successful grant submissions will be made by the end of May.
(Source: Report to BSFG AGM)
DELWP's Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap project is a 12-month project funded through the Goulburn Valley and Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships and hosted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. By end of July 2019 the project will be complete. The Roadmap will represent the voice of the community, identify local barriers and issues, understand the investment potential of the region and identify community expectations of the renewable energy transition.
Is your business spending too much on energy? Register now for workshops - 7 May
The Roadmap is working with DELWP Business and Industry Engagement to bring free energy workshops for Hume region businesses in Wodonga and Shepparton. Come and hear local businesses talk about what they do to reduce their energy costs, and the range of practical and technical solutions they use:
7:30 – 9:30 am
118 Hovell Street, Wodonga
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Quality Hotel ParkLake
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
For more details, please contact Jan O’Dwyer, Business and Industry Engagement
on 0402 224 506 or email@example.com
Pumped Hydro Electric Storage potential of our region
The Roadmap has commissioned the 100% Renewable Energy group of the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, Australia National University to survey the Hume region’s potential to host pumped hydroelectric storage (PHES). We are starting to receive raw data and maps (see below). Contact us if you would like some more information.
Each identified potential site comprises an upper and lower reservoir pair plus a hypothetical tunnel route between the reservoirs, and includes data such as latitude, longitude, altitude, head, slope, water volume, water area, rock volume, dam wall length, water/rock ratio, energy storage potential and approximate relative cost (red- least cost and yellow – high cost)
PHES is an important part of our renewable energy future providing storage solutions that can release energy to meet demand and stabilise the electricity grid.
Image from the New South Wales government Pumped Hydro Roadmap report.
Visit the Roadmap webpage
Our Roadmap webpage is now live! Visit for roadmap project details, catch up on previous newsletters and to view an inspiring video capturing the community forums held last year. We will continue to add to the webpage so keep visiting.
For further information please contact:
Tom Brown (Project Manager): 0436 611 935 HumeRenewableEnergy.Roadmap@delwp.vic.gov.au
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Source: Extracted from the April Newsletter
Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap | Hume Region
Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
REB joined with Beyond Zero Emissions to hold a regional launch of the BZE report Electrifying Industry on 26th March.
The report, which considers how business and manufacturing can move to 100% renewable, was presented to a small, interested group of regional people on by Vanessa Petrie, CEO of BZE, who travelled to Benalla to present the report.
Electrifying Industry explores the potential of five categories of electrical heating technology:
Regional businesses Beechworth Brewery and Brown Brothers Winery also presented at the Benalla forum.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Electrifying Industry report and would like to have it emailed to you, go to https://bze.org.au/research/manufacturing-industrial-processes/electrifying-industry/
REB has joined with Beyond Zero Emissions to hold a regional launch of the BZE report Electrifying Industry, which is about how business and manufacturing can move to 100% renewable. Regional businesses Beechworth Brewery and Brown Brothers Winery wil present at the forum.
Some of you may be interested in this forum or may know people in business or manufacturing who may be interested. If so please pass this information on.
If you wish to attend please register through Eventbrite 'Repowering Business with Renewable Energy' by Friday 22nd March.
The Victorian Government has launched $1 million in competitive grants to fund projects that support communities in Victoria’s regions adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grants Program will:
The 3CA Grants program is providing targeted support for Local Governments, Traditional Owners and community groups to support Victoria’s regions adapt to climate change. Other organisations, such as private sector or education institutions, however may still apply in partnership with a Local Council, Traditional Owner corporation or community group.
Grants will be available to successful community adaptation projects of between $25,000 and $75,000.
Applications are open now and close at 11.59pm on the 31st March 2019.
The 3CA Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s Supporting our Regions to Adapt initiative, a three-year program providing practical support for communities to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate. It supports outcomes from Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017- 2020.
For more information on the 3CA Grants Program visit www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/3CAgrants
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION GRANTS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT
THE REB MEETING ON 19TH FEBRUARY
John Lloyd spoke at the February 19 quarterly meeting of Benalla's Comunity Plan Implementation Comittee, providing an informative overview of Renewable Energy Benalla. His presentation, included below in two formats, may be of interest to others.
REB members are busy pre-reading the following ReNew magazine articles prior to their February meeting.
Issue 141 'Z-Net Uralla - On the way towards zero net energy'
Issue 145 'TRYing to get to 100% renewable'
ReNew Magazine is available at both the Benalla and Wangaratta Libraries--when last checked, both editions were on the shelf at both libraries.
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Install Rooftop Solar...
The Climate Council recently published '8 New Year's Resolutions on Climate Change', in which Resolution # 3 was 'Install rooftop solar, or switch to green energy'
"Two million (and counting) Australians are now harnessing the power of the sun to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution and take control of their power bills by installing rooftop solar. And when paired with battery storage, rooftop solar can deliver clean, reliable, renewable power 24/7".
If you are considering installing rooftop solar, you need to do your homework, and might like to begin with chapter 4 of the Climate Council's climate action toolkit. You may also find Solar 101 - A Beginner's Guide helpful. Purchasing from a reputable supplier is important - word of mouth can be helpful as can information such the suggestions as to good installers provided in the Solar 101 video.
...or purchase green energy?
"Alternatively, if you’re not in a position to purchase solar panels, you could consider making the switch to a clean energy provider, who will purchase renewable energy on your behalf. This is also a great way to bring down greenhouse gas pollution and invest in renewable energy."
There are well established and newly emerging green electricity providers. Some offers relate more directly to the purchase of renewable energy than others which have a greater or lesser component involving carbon offsets. It is important to check out each provider's offer to ensure they are a 'good fit' with the values underpinning your pursuit of green energy options.
The Climate Council recommends check out the Green Electricity Guide for help picking a provider.
Country News, week 11 December 2019 p4 featured an article by Rodney Woods titled 'Solar Plan Irks Locals' - an extract...
"A new solar farm is being proposed for Benalla, but locals whose houses are in close proximity have signed a petition to have it stopped before it even begins.
The proposal by AECOM Australia on behalf of Hunter and Co is set to occupy 9.1 ha at 35 Gunn Rd, about 3 km from Benalla, but locals have banded together to stop it.
It is one of the first applications to be looked at since Victoria's Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced a set of draft guidelines in October.
... the guidelines are only a draft at this stage, and will remain so until community consultation is completed in March next year...'
The article includes a link to the Draft Guidelines - 'Feedback can be made until March 1 at: https://engage.vic.gov.au/solar-energy-facilities-guidelines'.
This is an extract from an article 'Plan Presented' by Simon Ruppert in the Ensign Wednesday December 12. Subheading - 'Solar Application: Winton is set to be the site of a new solar farm that will provide power for 2300 homes'.
"Benalla and its surrounding villages will continue to support clean, renewable energy with Benalla Rural City Council giving planning permission to another solar farm project - in Winton.
John Mills, a consultant working on behalf of Lightsource Development, the company proposing the facility, presented a plan to the Benalla Rural City Council Planning and Development Committee on Wednesday. He told council that if all goes well they plan to start construction next year.
The facility, which will be built at 116 Lee Road in Winton, will consist of 42,108 solar panels, which track the sun's movement throughout the day.
The 15 megawatt solar farm is cited to provide enough electricity for 2300 homes.
The site will alos house eight inverters, nine transformers and eight batteries housed in a secure structure.
The planning permission includes the removal of five large native trees, however it also avoids areas of vegetation and habitat identified within ecological and biodiversity assessment reports.
With several solar farms planned for the Benalla Rural City Council area these decisions are going a long way to creating a cleaner, greener future for local people."
Interested in finding out more? Check out Lightsource BP's Community Information Pack on the proposed Mokoan Solar Installation
Mondo Power's Revised Solar & Battery offer for Benalla closed on 7th December. Renewable Energy Benalla members reported that 24 people requested information about the revised offer at 'A Day in the Gardens' stall on Sunday 11 November, with other people chatting to REB members at street stalls about the offer in the Benalla Bridge Street shopping strip on 23, 24 and 30th November and 1st December.
Whatever the take up of the Mondo offer, conversations about renewable energy with people who in the 'early to late contemplation stages' of moving to renewable energy sources, if not quite ready to decide and take action on this particular offer, are also significant and to be valued.
REB members recently met representatives of South Energy to discuss the proposed Goorambat Solar Farm, expected to have an estimated network capacity of up to 66 megawatts, powering approximately 24,300 households with electricity through the production of clean energy.
An information session in which South Energy shared their vision for the Goorambat Solar Farm project was held on Thursday 29 November at the Goorambat Town Hall, providing an opportunity for local opinions and ideas to be heard by the project.
Information about the project provided to the Benalla Ensign published on Wednesday 21 November included the following
South Energy, a renewable energy developer specialising in delivering utility scale solar farms, will lodge the planning application for the Goorambat project with Benalla Rural City Council shortly.
More information is available at https://www.goorambatsolar.com.au. If you have queries about the project, contact Jo Barnett: Joanna.Barnett@aecom.com.
'Electrifying Industry' forum showcasing how manufacturing can move to 100% renewable energy - postponed
As you are no doubt aware, there is a positive and powerful transition unfolding across the Australian electricity sector as more people invest in solar panels on their homes and businesses. Renewable Energy Benalla is encouraging this transition locally alongside a vibrant renewable energy sector.
Renewable Energy Benalla (REB) was formed with the specific intent to help Benalla transition to a low-carbon future. REB has worked closely with many local people and with the support of Beyond Zero Emissions, a not-for-profit carbon reduction agency, to develop a strategy for Benalla to transition to 100% renewable energy over the next 10 years.
Across Benalla Rural City 21% of Benalla properties are already experiencing the great benefits of renewable energy, which include;
A wide range of solar systems are available on the market and it is extremely important to scrutinize the quality, performance and durability of various technologies and brands.
REB have been partnering with energy market experts, Mondo Power to offer a solar and battery package to encourage more people to join this transition to clean renewable energy. This revised offer from Mondo Power has a pricing structure which includes the Mondo Ubi, a smart energy monitoring and management device which enables the creation of microgrids. The offer is based on high quality solar systems tailored to match the individual needs of Benalla residents, which includes the Ubi and the ability to integrate a battery system. The attachments provide more detail about the Ubi, microgrids and pricing structure.
This offer is due to end on the 7th of December, 2018, so please submit your ‘expression of interest’ to have an obligation free site-inspection completed at your home: https://mondopower.com.au/benalla/
A further advantage of this current offer is that it coincides with the Victorian government's Solar Home Program which is aimed at installing solar panels on the roofs of thousands of Victorian homes. This scheme offers a 50% rebate for any solar panel system under 10kW, up to a maximum rebate of $2225. More details can be found at the program's website: www.solar.vic.gov.au
REB looks forward to working with the community to help the transition to 100% renewable energy. For more information on how we aim to achieve this please visit our website: www.reb.org.au
Renewable Energy Benalla"
Renewable Energy Benalla is conducting workshops on how to reduce energy bills and increase the thermal comfort of your home. Topics to be covered in session 4 on Wednesday 26 September include
Windows, Hot Water, Heating and Cooling.
Windows - poorly performing windows can result in increased energy costs. We will examine some solutions including window coverings, shading, insulating window films, secondary glazing, double glazing and window frames.
Hot Water - Water heating is one of the biggest energy users in any home. We will examine efficient hot water system
Heating & Cooling - Heating accounts for one third of the average householder's energy bill. Learn about smart, efficient heating options.
Workshops will be held from 7pm - 9pm at the Benalla Gliding Club,
Samaria Road Benalla. RSVP by 23rd September to Peter Maddock at:
Click here to Download Flyer
At the BSFG General Meeting held on August 23, guest speaker from FRV Services, Development Manager Avantika Basu, provided an update on the 85MW AC Winton Solar Farm. This initiative clearly relates to Renewable Energy Benalla's mission to 'Switch 1/3'.
The first solar farm to be approved for development in the Winton region, Winton Solar Farm will help to establish a sustainable new industry for the region. Project Developer, FRV Services Australia, is one of the leading solar developers in the country, having now initiated six large-scale solar farms across QLD, NSW, SA and Victoria. Avantika provided an update on the project concept, its development approval and expected social and environmental benefits and answered a range of questions from the audience.
Information about the Winton Solar Farm Project can be viewed at the FRV website, http://wintonsolarfarm.com/, and FRV in Australia, http://frv.com/en/tag/australia/.
This proved to be an excellent opportunity to hear more about this Solar Farm Project for which it is hoped construction will begin in 2019. Engineer Avantika and her team stayed behind to answer questions and engage with us all about a project about which they are clearly very well informed and passionate.
Our third Building Efficiency Workshop will be held on Tuesday August 21st from 7.00pm until 9.00pm at the Gliding Club, Samaria Road Benalla. We are revisiting topics covered in session 2, Lighting, Draught Proofing, and Insulation to provide additional information.
Session 3: Tuesday August 21st
Energy Efficient Lighting - presentation by lighting expert.
Draught Proofing - fixing draughts has a big impact on thermal comfort. Learn about overlooked sources of draughts and effective draught proofing techniques.
Insulation - The Key to Thermal Performance. Ceiling insulation, wall insulation, floor insulation.
Session 4 will be held on September 26th and cover Windows, Hot Water, Heating and Cooling.
Topics including Appliances and Cooking, Energy Monitoring & Control and Solar Power, may be dealt with in a 5th session either later this year or early in 2019.
RSVP for Session 3 by Sunday August 19th, Peter 0418 135 330, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Auty - 'Be *creative* when negotiating with energy companies - Benalla Community Energy Forum, August 2018
Renewable Energy Benalla's John Lloyd attended the Hume Region Renewable Energy Forum on June 13th with Larissa Montgomery. John recommended this video produced on the day which portrays the beginning of a positive and inclusive conversation about how renewable energy rolls out in Hume region.
Following the cancellation of the Tuesday 24 July Session 3 Workshop the remaining schedule is as follows;
Session 3 will now be on Tuesday 21 August at 7.00pm-9.00pm and will provide additional information on Lighting, Draft Proofing and Insulation as we realise that these topics were not dealt with in sufficient detail at the last session.
Session 4 will be on Wednesday September 26 from 7.00pm-9.00pm and will provide information on Windows, Hot Water and Heating & Cooling.
The remaining topics, Appliances and Cooking, Energy Monitoring & Control and Solar Power, may be dealt with in a 5th session either later this year or early in 2019.
Download the workshop flyer.
RSVP Sunday before session, Phone/SMS Peter on 0418 135 330
Or submit details via our Contact Form. Include Session Number in Comments,
The workshops are held at the Benalla Gliding Club from 7 until 9 pm
Community Energy Forum Friday 3rd August at BPACC - find out what community energy means for Benalla, & you
New, renewable energies are changing the way we get our energy. We are no longer reliant entirely on power from the big energy generators and companies.
We need to make sure that communities benefit from the renewable energy. The Community Energy model gives local towns and regions power over how they generate and consume electricity.
Join us at a Community Energy Forum on Friday 3rd August at BPACC and find out what community energy means for you and our region.
Locally generated renewable energy will create local jobs, cleaner energy and allow the community to control where their energy comes from. It means that towns can create mini-grids, where residents can trade power between themselves – powered by household solar and battery energy. This reduces reliance on the dirty and expensive national energy grid.
A local community energy retailer is currently being developed to allow towns and regions to achieve their renewable energy goals.
Come along and listen to some of Australia's foremost experts in the field explain how we can harness this new form of energy to build a new model of energy.
Three great speakers will outline what community energy is and how we can benefit from it: Simon Corbell, Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate; Nicky Ison, Co-founder of the Community Power Agency; Alison Rowe, Chief Executive Officer of Moreland Energy Foundation.
This is a free event but please RSVP for the Benalla meeting by 3 August at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/benalla-community-energy-forum-tickets-47537010478
Download the Forum Flyer.