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The solar revolution for energy independence can be seen at the new Byron Eco Park at Greys Lane, Tyagarah. The solar renewable energy building and honey processing plant are open on Thursday from 3:30 pm each week. On the open day on Saturday hundreds were shown the latest solar translucent panels, salt water batteries free of toxic materials to supply 3 phase power that runs a manuka honey factory and art gallery. All this and more in Byron’s Green Building Award Eco Park.

Experts were on hand on Saturday to give info about the best solar setup for individuals and for clusters of 4-5 homes going in together to fund a collective for energy independence in just a few years. Imagine getting off the grid with your neighbors and not having any more big electricity bills! There was also planning for the end of the solar rebate in 2 years when our 60 cent rebate ends. We need to prepare for this now, to avoid the shock of getting 6 cents and being charged 36 cents plus per kilowatt hour.

We heard about the proposed new community owned Northern Rivers Green Energy retailer which plans to supply more affordable and cleaner energy as an alternative to the polluting energy retailers we now have. Byron New Energy in the Eco Park wants to help make the whole of Byron Shire more energy efficient and independent and has plans to do this by using the green waste bins to make compost and biochar and using the solid sewage for making biofuel, fertilizer, and compost. Our ‘’waste’’ products are actually very valuable resources. The organic material and solid sewage ‘’waste’’ can be transformed into valuable methane gas to run an engine or generator.

Come and see the new Eco Park on a Thursday afternoon and discover the many revolutionary possibilities we have for moving away from the present polluting systems to the new green, clean and $ saving systems which are becoming available now.

Noah Yamore Mullumbimby

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