Results of Community Workshop 23 Sept 2017

Monday, 02 Oct 2017

Thanks again to all who participated and supported the Zero Emissions Noosa Community Workshop on September 23. We were thrilled that we had 90 highly engaged locals attend.

As promised, here are the raw responses from the workshop sessions. There's a lot of great ideas there, and we'd encourage you to give us further comments, either by email or send us a request for us to contact you.

RESPONSES FROM ZEN WORKSHOP SESSION - 23 September 2017
How do we actively engage with the below sectors to promote action on renewable energy?
GROUP 1
Residents
Give/send an LED light bulb with instructions/reasons
Info on dollar savings from renewable energy
Linking businesses to Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast
Media and radio campaign (particularly social media)
NRRA and other community groups through their networks (sports, scouts etc.)
Industrial estate businesses
Info on dollar savings from renewable energy
Sharing testimonials of businesses already using renewable energy plus dollar savings
Linking businesses to Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast
Streamline state legislation to improve workability of legislation (see EDO, Pegasus Law)
Noosa C of C, letterbox drop
Identify leaders and use to promote info and lead change
Illustrate financial benefits
Tourism accommodation operators
Sharing testimonials of businesses already using renewable energy
Linking businesses to Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast
Tourism Noosa as conduit
Letting services
Seniors
Use community groups to share dollar savings from renewable energy and environmental benefits (eg Mens Shed, U3A, RSL, community associations)
U3A – speakers
Seniors publication
Service groups (Lions, Zonta, Rotary, Probus)
Offer guest speakers from other community groups/businesses/current RE users/early adopters eg Tewantin RSL (RE businesses offer free consultations on demand management to lower their energy use)
Approach presidents of organisations plus area managers/director
Offer speakers/presentations
Suggest a focus of fundraising by clubs on ZEN outcomes
GROUP 2
Churches
Could donate roof space to generate for local community and generate dollars (low use in week days)
Playgroups
Like churches – use roof space, generate dollars, no weekend consumption
Retirement villages
Bulk buy through village management for individual purchasers.
Joint decision – the look and feel
Community groups with buildings
Similar to groups above
Business
Communal distribution and management, peer to peer selling
GROUP 3
Landlords/renters
Need to look at incentives for landlords (splitting financial incentive, better tenant, Our Power model (lease panels), microgrids (communal power agreement, sub metering, WA estates), Council buy back off grid, policy issue that landlords cannot sell back to tenants, look at car battery usage, private metering for businesses. For body corporates need a consensus approach to spending, examples of power generation through batteries. ZEN should get onto positions of influence in these communities.
For renters, can look at Our Power, portable PVs, virtual metering, neighbour power. There is a problem with the government subsidy.
For landlords, look at enticing landlord to install PVs, leasing roof space to company.
ZEN could look at a design consultancy for everybody.
Schools
Grants, not much incentive to convert
All power used during the day
Parent oriented schools campaign
ZEN presentation
Funding for solar, lending model
Rent roof space (lots of space on roofs)
Easier to influence, have a special feed-in tariff, holidays and weekends not using power, could lease large roof space with large systems and virtual metering.
How can ZEN ensure consumer confidence in PV?
Strata arrangements
Energy efficiency
35% saving over 4 years
NABERS – assessment and star rating
Communal power area
Embedded power supply
Tourism Noosa leading strata
Body corporate managers
GROUP 1
What do you think are the barriers to getting to zero emissions by 2026?
How do we overcome them?
There are three categories of barriers: Cost/uptake/lack of knowledge
For residents, upfront costs are a barrier. Could be addressed by a special loan.
For industrial estates, they are regulatory and businesses don’t own the buildings. Need a new model for business tenants.
For tourism operators, again the businesses don’t own the buildings. Ditto above.
For seniors, the upfront costs at a stage late in their life
Service groups could look at donating funds to community groups (eg ZONTA donation to Shine houses)
Is there a shared/group solution? Community – battery storage?
Lack of general awareness and interest
Getting enough people
Justifying initial cost, especially if not guaranteed to stay more than 5 years
Network charges – constantly increasing
Lack of guaranteed feed-in tariff
Costs (especially increasing commercial costs to users) ($5K for basic system)
Lack of awareness re costs and viability for reducing emissions
But old system can’t sustain us!!!
Lack of interest in issue by landlords plus high uptake of rental properties and many businesses in rented properties. Also a question of how long are businesses going to stay in properties.
Concern with old systems of noise/radiation
Seniors – not wishing to spend with doubt on return time frame
Shade – from trees, other buildings
How to overcome barriers
Resource sharing – negotiating tariffs
Lobby politicians – use your vote
Smart metering – night time usage, monitoring and reduction
Small community grid system – connect all PV roof panels in a small community like Kin Kin, Cooran
Education across the community, general power saving tips
Get together (seek out expert advice, support ZEN, Our Power)
Lobby for Noosa Council Building Code to make solar PV and water heating obligatory on new residences (and conversions)
Look at 5 star rating
Design estates to be solar oriented (retirement villages, housing, industrial, public buildings,utilities,Council,public toilets)
Every day it becomes more viable
Need to increase awareness re costs and viability
Need BODIES to overcome COSTS (eg Energex)
More competition amongst retailers
Companies like Our Power – websites setting out benefits, information, awareness
Clean Energy website
Rental property – owner installs and sells electricity to tenant (need awareness raising for landlords)
Investors can install along with owners of premises (social equity issues would be addressed)
 

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