Australia’s first Community Energy Congress, which drew more than 300 people from across Australia, has just wrapped up in Canberra.
The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is a proud member of the coalition that organised the congress. A number of staff took part in presentations and a training workshop and many ATA members attended.
Donna Luckman, the ATA’s chief executive, said the event was inspiring and would hopefully lead to a growth spurt in community renewable energy projects across Australia.
“Judging by the amazing spirit at the event, there is enormous momentum for Australian communities and individuals to take control of their energy future,” she said.
“It was exciting to see so many people and such interest for community renewable energy.”
Forty people attended a sold-out training workshop on the ATA’s Sunulator, a free simulation tool that allows communities to assess the economic feasibility of medium-scale grid-connected solar power systems. The ATA received requests to take the training to a number of communities across Australia.
“Despite the federal government’s negative attitudes, it’s clear that there is huge popular support for clean, renewable energy,” Ms Luckman said.
“We at the ATA will continue to provide community groups with the independent technical advice and tools they need for their renewables projects.”