CLEANaS Spring Newsletter 2015 - CLEAN Sweep
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CLEANaS Spring Newsletter 2015

Heading toward 100% renewable for Newcastle and the Hunter


CLEANaS Chair Alec Roberts mixing it with the pollies (Councillor Therese Doyle) at the Waste to Energy Workshop.


CLEANaS Secretary and Joint-Founder Richard Finlay-Jones getting up and personal with the EPA at the Waste to Energy Workshop.


A special thanks to those that helped out on the CLEANaS stall at the Smart Living Festival at Speers Point.  Here's a picture of the EV they wouldn't let us take home ;-)


Again thanks to our volunteers for helping out this time on the CLEANaS stall at the Eco Health Expo at Morisset. 


A number of new members were drawn from the Hunter Clean Energy workshops. A great thank you to Gordon Fraser from OEH for your efforts and the Hunter Wetlands Centre for providing the venue. 


This digital image was developed as part of the OEH funded film as part of the Lighthouse Community Energy project.  The image will be used as a basis for the story around different film clips about CLEANaS and the project. 


Many thanks to Dr Andrew Mears for his time on the CLEANaS Steering Committee.  Andrew's business commitments with SwitchDin and commitment to other community energy-related initiatives (such as the exciting Eighteen04 curated co-working space for clean tech and smart city startups) have been growing.  Andrew will be available as as advisor to CLEANaS Steering Committee.

Call to Arms

We currently have vacancies on the CLEANaS Steering Committee.  Come along to a meeting (they are welcome to all) and see if it interests you.

We are also after volunteers as part of the Lighthouse Community Energy project.  Again, come along to the project meeting and find out if you want to be more involved.

Smart Future Cities 2015

Congratulations to The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment and our Presenters

250 delegates descended on Newcastle Town Hall in early October to a feast of information, presentations and workshops on Future Transport, Clean Energy, and Innovation and Emerging Technologies in the Built Environment.  CLEANaS members contributed to the conference as presenters, session chairs, volunteers, and of course as delegates.  Well done folks!

Hunter Wetlands Solar

Solar Panel installation next week and go live in November

Congratulations to all that have donated to the Hunter Wetlands Solar project, with $19,000 fund-raised to date.  This will enable the Hunter Wetlands Centre to install 48 solar panels reducing their electricity costs by approximately $4000.  Installation starts next week and the go-live ceremony will be part of the Hunter Wetlands Centre 30 year celebrations on 7 November at 2:30pm. Come along and celebrate our success!

The latest news is we have applied for matched funding as part of the 2015 Newcastle Stronger Community Grants.  This will almost double our planned solar panel install, plus invest in some priority energy efficiency retrofits and an electric vehicle charge station. Finger’s crossed. Go ‪#SolarDucks‬ 

Lighthouse Community Energy

Coordinator appointed, Community Engagement well under-way and Filming complete

Our current chair Alec Roberts, has been appointed as Co-ordinator for the Lighthouse Community Energy project.  Alec will be working out of The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI) offices. Many thanks to TFI for providing the accommodation and support.

A total of 5 of the planned 10 community workshops have now been completed as part of the project. The next workshop is with Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance in November.

 A feasibility study into Virtual Net Metering (VNM) is being conducted by Dr Andrew Mears including a workshop session at the recent Smart Future Cities Conference. VNM is a potential value adding measure which may enhance the viability of CLEANaS initiated investments.

Filming is now wrapping up for the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) funded short film about CLEANaS and this project.  Lots of good footage and information was obtained by our film-maker Zephyr L' Green.

Take the power back with Enova Energy 

Community-owned Renewable Energy Retailer share offer now open.  Information sessions in Newcastle area

Enova Energy is providing a unique opportunity for individuals and like-minded organisations to participate in building Australia’s first community-owned, renewable energy retailing and installation business by buying shares. Enova launched its Share Offer to the public in late August and is already about half way in achieving the minimum start-up capital target of $3 million.

Enova Energy is confident it has the capacity to be a real game changer in the renewable energy sector. “We are the missing piece in the puzzle. Apart from changing things in this region, we can help other communities get their renewable generation projects off the ground,” says Alison Crook. “Communities all around Australia are looking for practical leadership. We are already receiving calls for help from groups wanting to know how they can do what we are doing. In the very near future, when we are fully operational, we will be in a position to give them all the assistance they need. After that, it won’t be long before similar projects are up and running in all Australian states. Change is on the way.”

Enova is now seeking support from communities all around Australia. An obligation free shareholder event will be arranged in Newcastle subject to sufficient expression of interest from prospective investors. Pre-registrations essential to Virpi Barrett at 0467 070 234 or Further information and the prospectus is available at

If you are interested in investing, contact Virpi, come along to the meeting, and download the prospectus. Shares are from $1000 and the share offer closes on 27th November 2015 so be quick.
If you cannot come up with $1000, and still would like to support this venture, CLEANaS is looking to find donations from members and supporters to acquire shares in Enova.  This provides CLEANaS with a tangible way to show our support for Enova. Helping Enova get off the ground may provide significant benefit for the future renewable energy generation projects, but at the same time the shares might provide CLEANaS with some much needed income in the form of future dividends

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