Also check out the Side Events on Sunday, 26 February and Wednesday, 1 March!
We’re excited to announce future thinker and community energy global leader Søren Hermansen as our first keynote speaker. Soren is from the award winning Energy Academy on Samso Island in Denmark and author of “Commonity= Common + Community” a book about modern commons and how to understand them. In 2007, Samso island became the world’s first 100% renewable island. In 2008 Soren was recognised as Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment. Come along and be inspired.
The pioneering community energy project in Australia will be opening its gates on Sunday 26 February.
Hepburn Wind and their energy retailer Powershop will host the event out at the wind farm, with international speaker Søren Hermansen and other special guests.
Local councils interested in community energy will benefit enormously from this masterclass gaining valuable lessons from projects that are already operating. A special focus will be on the Lismore Community Solar Farm model and its engagement, finance and governance structures.
Could your community use $30,000 to fund your renewable energy project?
Energy Locals is a new social enterprise energy retailer that’s supporting Australian communities to make energy fairer, cleaner and cheaper. They offer a simple way for community energy groups to fund local projects on an ongoing basis. To celebrate the Congress, Energy Locals is offering community energy groups an exclusive opportunity to receive additional funding towards your project.
To support this year’s Congress, Future Super is offering a $100 discount off the registration price to Future Super members.
Future Super is Australia’s first 100% fossil fuel free super fund and the world’s first carbon neutral pension fund. They invest in positive, profitable and sustainable activities, including Australian renewable energy projects.
Is your super still in fossil fuels? Make the switch to Future Super in minutes and claim your Congress discount.
Current Future Super members should contact Future Super to receive your discount code.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are offering accommodation and registration support for NSW groups keen to attend the congress. This offer expires 5 December, so get in quick! Head to the NSW OEH website to find out more.
They have agreed to sponsor the registration and accommodation for one person per group at Congress 2017. However, both we and OEH hope that more than one person from each group will attend. Indeed, the hotel rooms accommodate two people, so this is a great opportunity to buddy-up!
If your organisation would like to find out more about Congress 2017 sponsorship options or ways to support people to attend please get in touch at email@example.com.
The second Community Power Conference in 2017 will be an exciting event as so much has happened since the first Conference in 2014. A great opportunity to come up to date in this important area.
Attending the first Community Energy Congress in Canberra in 2014 ignited a passion for Community Energy that has progressed our Sunshine Coast Community Solar group to the final stages of implementing our first project. I am really looking forward to the next congress as an opportunity to collaborate with other like minded groups within this emerging field.
It was the 2014 Community Energy Congress that made me realise we could make a community owned energy retailer happen. I strongly recommend it to all interested in community renewables.
What an event! Two days connecting with everyone in the community energy sector across Australia. So much talent, enthusiasm and so many great ideas to fuel our community’s work.