‘Community Carbon Cops’ at Mary Kehoe Centre
Celebration Afternoon Tea – Wednesday 3 September

Mary Kehoe Solar Panels

Mary Kehoe Solar Panels – 40 panels, 10 kW

On Wednesday 3 September 2014 the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), in conjunction with the Community Carbon Cops, will be hosting a celebration afternoon tea.

This event is to acknowledge the community’s involvement in reducing the electricity consumption by 83% at the Mary Kehoe Community Centre.

The methods, products, and companies that contributed to the environmental retrofit of the Mary Kehoe Community Centre can be applied to your home. If you want to save money on your energy use while doing your bit for the environment, please CONTACT us and we can begin a conversation that will help you achieve your goals.

The Community Carbon Cops have worked closely with the CoPP sustainability team over the last year. They have been trained to investigate, document, measure and take action to reduce energy consumption.

The original objective for the team was to reduce electricity consumption by 50%, but with this goal now exceeded they would now like to see the building become the first ‘energy neutral building’ at the City of Port Phillip. The group can also see how their actions can be delivered on a much wider scale for much greater benefit to both our Council and the wider community.

In addition, all participants in this program have also achieved energy savings in their own homes using the skills learnt on this course. This achievement speaks volumes for the potential of these types of energy efficiency programs where everyone gets involved in a learning process which is then distributed through the community by ‘word of mouth’ and supported by Council.

If you’re available, please come along to the afternoon tea and hear how these savings were achieved together with the plans the community has for getting their teeth stuck into their next building. The image above shows the 10 kilowatt solar system that was installed in late July 2014.

When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm Wednesday 3 September
Where: The Mary Kehoe Community Centre, 224 Danks Street, Albert Park

By Sophie Vorrath from RenewEconomy.com.au on 14 October 2014

Nine out of 10 Australians have considered, or would consider, switching to solar energy as a way to cut their power bills, a new survey has found.

The survey, conducted by Ernst & Young, found that money was the key driver for 70 per cent of those people who had already installed solar, while the cost of installation remained the main reason why those households considering rooftop PV had not yet installed it (50%).

The results of the survey, released on Tuesday, found that participants – 649 electricity retail customers across regional and metro Victoria, NSW and Queensland – were increasingly looking for ways to cut soaring energy bills, which one in 10 respondents named as their top ‘stressor’.

It found that nearly one in three Australians had missed a payment on an electricity bill in the past 12 months, while more than one in 10 have missed more than three payments.

The proportion of customers often or occasionally worried about being able to pay their electricity bill has remained consistently high at 70% since the last survey in 2013.

EY says the 2014 findings highlight the extent to which rising electricity prices are contributing to hardship for Australians, with ‘unable to afford bill payment’ the single biggest reason for not paying (60%).

The report comes as Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who has been a vocal opponent of wind energy, came out in support of small-scale solar, and suggested this was a position shared by the majority of the federal Coalition, too.

“Rooftop solar is something that Coalition MPs won’t touch,” Xenophon said last week.  “If anything, I want to see it expanded.”

The South Australian independent – who has stayed quiet on the Abbott government’s proposed RET changes – has expressed interest in pursuing the idea of tax rebates for low income households to help them overcome the cost of installation.

Australia’s uptake of solar PV has soared from about 1,000 installations/year a decade ago to nearly 200,000 last year, with 1.2 million installed across Australia since 2001.