Salt Spring Island is a progressive community across the water from Vancouver. Simon Wheeler is from England but now lives in British Columbia where he spends half his time on the island. We met in the centre of downtown Vancouver to hear Simon’s story and how this island community have rallied around a project to put solar on the local secondary school, creating an outcome that inspired the whole community. http://saltspringcommunityenergy.com/
The Latrobe Valley has been the heart of coal fire power generation in Victoria for decades, but as power stations like Hazelwood shut down they leave towns without jobs or a longterm plan for what's next. The Valley has become central to a nationwide discussion around a just transition - how to transition away from coal in a way that is fair for everyone. For this episode, Bean spent some time with people on the frontlines of the fight for a just transition away from coal - Wendy Farmer...
Stucco is a student housing co-operative. Sarah King is a student and resident at Stucco and part of the dynamic trio that drove the creation of Australia’s first housing co-operative solar and battery project. At the time of publishing Stucco have the biggest single installation of Enphase brand batteries in the world. This project is right at the cutting edge of energy for apartments and was organised by the students themselves.
Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM)is a successful new community energy group in far north New South Wales in Australia. In this episode, Dave Rawlins explores the origins behind COREM - the Bentley Blockade (a protest against Coal Seam Gas mining in a nearby community) and how this shaped the creation and direction of COREM in its early stages.
In this episode we introduce ourselves and why we are making this podcast about Community Energy. We then hear from Jarra Hicks about the state of renewable energy in Australia and some of the barriers that community energy groups face.