Shinehub Community Solar Program

This may be of interest to some of you:

The SA Community Solar Program is available to anyone who owns a home in or around Adelaide – and signup closes on 2 December 2017. By getting lots of people in one area to go solar at the same time, we can ensure you get the best possible deal.

The program is running several community information sessions and is offering $0 down deals on solar and battery systems through partnership with several pay as you go companies. Repayments are supposed to start at $17/week for solar and $30/week for solar and battery systems, you’ll be able to save from day one without paying anything up front.

For more information on sessions and the program see the Shinehub website.

The Paris Climate Summit and the emerging role of battery storage technology

The Resilient South Councils (Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham and Onkaparinga) are holding a FREE public climate change event at Tonsley on Wednesday evening 20 July 2016.

The event is supported by ZEN Energy and will feature a presentation from Professor Ross Garnaut who will provide a ‘Post Paris’ debrief on what is required for the global transition to a low carbon economy.

More details: Climate Change Event-20 July 2016

Health consequences from climate change

by Eleanor Evans

Who would’ve thought that a private commitment to learn about sustainability would lead to a presentation to my medical colleagues?  The annual Doctors for the Environment Australia conference was held last weekend and I was invited to speak.

Last year I delivered my ‘Health and Climate Change’ talk to 14 community groups, including Sustainable Communities. As a result, I found the courage to share my work with my colleagues. The response was overwhelmingly positive and therefore I would like to share it with you.

100% Renewable Energy: What we can do in 10 years


by Peter Croft

Renewable energy: agreed! But how do we get there? That’s the challenge addressed by a recent article in Yes magazine.

The author – Richard Heinberg – outlines a three-level strategy to make significant progress over ten years.

Level one: electrify as much energy as we can and switch out coal in favour of solar and wind power; and move to electric cars. Change some of our food production systems to sequester carbon and use less fossil fuel. That cuts out 40% of carbon emissions.

Level two: add lots of energy storage at the grid level, swap out natural gas for renewables in electricity generation and put in much more electric transportation. That brings us to an 80% cut. Continue reading