Newsletter – October 2019

Dear Community Energy Enthusiasts,

Letting go, transitioning and celebrating change as the days get longer – we are well and truly amidst the growth of springtime!

  • Letting go – Yes its true and sad and wonderful at the same time… Nicky Ison is moving on from CPA!
  • Transitioning – Welcoming new members and powering on!
  • Celebrating – The potency of people power with this weeks launch of the #SolarforAll Campaign! 
  • Growing – A new community energy group joins our movement!

Read on for more.

From all of us at the (transitioning, growing and celebrating) Community Power Agency team!

Jarra, Nicky, Fran, Tom, Elizabeth, Ella and Kristy!!

Nicky Ison moving on from CPA

It is with sadness that we let you know that one of our founders – Nicky Ison is moving on from Community Power Agency.

However, it is with excitement that we wish her well in her new job with WWF as their new Energy Transition Manager.  Nicky will be leading WWF’s new renewable exports campaign (700% renewables anyone?).

While Nicky is a big loss, Community Power Agency will continue to kick community energy goals on the ground, with communities, in the media and politically without her.

Read more about highlights from Nicky’s time with CPA…

Celebrating the Community Power Agency’s team evolution!

It has has been a great year for community energy and the Community Power Agency and our team is bigger and better than ever!

As we embrace the transition brought about by the leaving of one of our much loved founders, we are also celebrating the evolution of our organisation. Together we are dedicated to powering on with the great work of CPA.

We would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce our 3 newest team members, and acknowledge our long standing team members.

To read more about each of us please click HERE.

Introducing our newest team members

Introducing Kristy Walters.
Kristy has recently joined us as a co-op member and project officer to play the valuable role of managing our campaigns and advocacy work. 
We are very excited to have her onboard.
Kristy lives in Sydney.

Introducing Ella Rose Goninan.
Ella joined us early this year as a co-op member and project officer. In July she became an associate director.
She is currently focused on project development for mid to large scale community-owned solar farms and gardens.
Ella lives in Mullumbimby, NSW

Introducing Elizabeth Noble
Elizabeth became a co-op member and director in November last year after project managing our Solar Gardens business model design program. She led the charge for our new stella website and is currently focused on our national project work with councils and community energy groups.
Elizabeth also lives in Sydney.

Acknowledging our long standing team members

Acknowledging Tom Nockolds
Tom has been a director of CPA since 2014. Like us all he is multi-talented and so brings a lot to the CPA team. He is currently focused on making solar gardens a reality, including with the Inner West Council.
Tom lives in Scotland.

Acknowledging Dr Franziska Mey
Fran has been a director of CPA since 2014. She is making her way back from maternity leave. Fran has just finished drafting two big submissions to clean energy and Climate inquiries in NSW & Victoria.
Fran lives in Germany.

Acknowledging Dr Jarra Hicks
Jarra is one of the founding directors of the CPA and continues to be dedicated to the prospering of this wonderful organisation.
She is currently focused on writing the Gippsland Community Energy Road Map and the related consultancy and workshops.
Jarra lives is Elands, NSW

Our Solar for All Campaign Launched this week!

This week Community Power Agency was excited to launch our newest campaign – Solar for All. 

To read more and find out how to participate click HERE

FREE Community Energy Workshops in November @ Sustainability Victoria

Proudly brought to you by Sustainability Victoria and the Community Power Hubs program and facilitated by Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks from CPA.

Click HERE to view all info and registration details for each workshop.

Community Energy Workshop in Yeppoon

Two weeks ago, CPA Director Nicky Ison and Luke Reade from Energetic Communities were invited to Yeppoon to run a community energy workshop by the excellent folks at Central Queensland. 

We are pleased to report that the coast is beautiful and the enthusiasm for community energy is high. To read more and find out the contact to get involved click HERE.

Charles Sturt University Research Invitation: Sustainability Survey on Regional Cooperatives.

Charles Sturt Uni is conducting research on energy efficiency options in regional Australia, and would be most grateful if you would consider participating in this research.

If you would like to participate please fill in this online survey that includes demographic questions and a hypothetical scenario task involving investment fund allocation.

Thank you!

Hepburn Z-NET win the Premiers Sustainability Award

Wow! We are so excited to see Hepburn Z-NET win the Premiers Sustainability Award under the community category! Congratulations to our friends at Hepburn Wind, Renew and all those involved. 

See the shared excitement on Facebook HERE.