SEN Presents - March 2016 - Promoting Suburban Solar

A panel of speakers discussed community-based approaches to Promoting Suburban Solar, followed by questions and comments from the audience of more than 70.

  • Compulsory New Build Solar: Dan Loden, Engineer and City of Vincent Councillor, firstly provided the background to the rapid world-wide expansion of rooftop solar PV and how it is changing traditional centralized energy distribution systems. City of Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins then lead us through the process of how he induced the Nedlands council to adopt compulsory new build solar. 

  • Community Solar Campaign Trial: Julie McMinn explained this trial being run in Town of Cambridge schools. This is a “switch your thinking” initiative which Julie is looking to expand into other local councils. 

  • An Industry Perspective: Barry McCarthy from ZeroCO2/PV Art enlightened on solar and battery options for parks, gardens and other public places and Craig Donohue from Clean NRG gave an overview of solar PV uptake in Perth and its current economics.

 

Finally, Claire Spencer, who proposed and organized this presentation, encouraged the audience to approach their local councils to institute new build solar and generally promote greater use of renewable energy in their jurisdictions.