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Autumn equinox marks drive towards renewable energy

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PowerOn and StopAdani’s Autumn equinox celebration at The Commons Wildspace in Mullumbimby was a great success and raised $3,000 by donation.

The money raised is going towards a feasibility study for a grass roots initiated, large scale, community owned renewable energy generator. The study will look at a concentrated solar thermal generator proposed by Sol Reflections Co-Operative in Proserpine.

Continuing to raise funds for the project Howie Cooke has donated his whale piece Ocean of Love, to be auctioned at a silent auction with the condition that it stays in a public space to be viewed by the community. Please contact Frontlineunity facebook page or email [email protected]/ or call 0431 755 220 to make an offer, the starting price is at $1,000 with all proceeds going towards SolReflection.

‘In this way our first light region continues to show vision and pioneer support for positive solutions to phase out coal and gas,’ said organiser Hanna Navara.

COREM continues to contribute to the community

COREM also announced that they will be launching their renewable energy survey next week and that they will be converting Wildspace to solar.

With several local land owners having put their hands up to be part of developing local solar solutions COREM is looking to the community to find out what they want and how best to deliver it to ensure uptake.

The renewable energy survey will be ‘looking at people’s desire and the value offer that they would want to be involved in large scale community owned solar,’ said Ella Goninan, Co-Founder and President of COREM.

The survey results will be used to explore the options further at a community engagement workshop at RenewFest this year.

‘The information from the survey and workshop will be used to model our value offer and understand key design elements,’ continued Ms Goninan.

The project to convert Wilspace to solar was announced by COREM and should be completed by the end of the year.

‘We are so grateful to everyone involved in this mass collaboration and equinox vision,’said Hanna

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