The Macedon Ranges Renewable Energy Action Group aims to to accelerate the transition of the Macedon Ranges to renewable energy. To do this, we work across three areas.
The largest project continues to be putting the pieces together for the community wind farm in the pine plantation south of Woodend. There have been a series of discussions with key stakeholders - potential commercial partners in the project, government representatives to progress the access to land and statutory planning issues, and with the landholders. The community wind farm project has been worked on by MRSG volunteers for ten years, and it is still a work in progress!
The second area of work is exploring a number of solar-based renewable energy projects with community organisations, the council, and even Holgate’s brewery. This builds on the previous project assistance to Woodend Primary School, Woodend Cricket Club and the up and running solar project at the Black Forest Timber Mill.
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Council is setting up a new program, Cool Changes, to facilitate the development of local climate change action plans across the shire. They are looking for residents’ input on a range of topics in a short survey. What do you see as priorities? How much does consideration of the environment direct your everyday actions? Do we have time to act or is this a crisis? Add your voice!
Paul and Natasha Holgate have some exciting news to announce: the opportunity for members of the community to buy shares in their business via an equity-based crowd fund to the public. In that way people can invest in solar and in Holgate brewhouse.
Join them at Holgate Brewhouse this Friday 2 August from 5pm for nibbles and $7 pints of Draught Lager and Mt Macedon Pale Ale - and hear their special announcement at 7pm.
Five brave MRSG members and eight unconvinced local residents from around our proposed energy park set out last Saturday (July 27) to visit the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm. Coonooer Bridge is operated by Windlab, MRSG’s partner in the proposed energy park in HVP’s pine forest plantation around 6 km south of Woodend, and is a similar scale to our project. Coming out of a meeting with residents in May, Windlab offered to show residents a wind facility
Sustainable House Day depends on the work of a sizeable number of volunteers, from homeowners to the people who brave the cold to “man” the farmers’ market stand in August and September. The more helpers, the more fun we all have!
We’re looking for volunteers to help publicise the event so the local “open homes” get lots of visitors, and can share local experience in making homes more comfortable, more affordable and more sustainable.
Could you help for a couple of hours?
Sustainable House Day is a big day for MRSG, especially for the Sustainable Homes Action Group. It’s a day when we share ideas and experience about how to make our homes more comfortable, more energy efficient and cheaper to run - and of course, better for the planet! Three local households have already “stepped up” and offered to open on Sunday September 15th, and we are hoping to see a couple more register soon.
We’re on the lookout for people wanting to help make SHD2019 another success for MRSG, with a variety of jobs and levels of involvement. Could you join us?
The solar homes rebate scheme is returning from July 1st. If you’re thinking of applying, get moving on a quote soon!
Kyneton-based social enterprise, the Social Foundry, has installed a 20kW solar system thanks to a $20,000 grant from energy retailer, Powershop, and support from the More Australian Solar Homes (MASH) Community Solar Bulk-Buy.
In a long awaited announcement at the Sustainable Living Festival, the State Government through Mary-Anne Thomas MP has exempted our proposed community energy park from the current ban on wind power in the Macedon Ranges Shire.
MRSG’s Renewable Energy Action Group (MRREAG) has been working on our vision for a Community Energy Park and have intensified our efforts as a result of the encouragement we have had from Mary Anne Thomas MP and other members of the state government following the recent election.
New Gisborne Primary School will soon have important new works undertaken, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government and the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group