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Hinterland Consultation - Roadmap to 100% Renewable Electricity

  • Cooroy RSL 25 Maple Street Cooroy Australia (map)

Mayor Tony Wellington will open each of our three community consultation sessions. These sessions will assist Zero Emissions Noosa Inc to complete its plan to achieve zero net emissions from electricity use across Noosa by 2026.  .

This session is primarily for Hinterland businesses and community, but all are welcome to attend this free event.  We would appreciate a Gold Coin donation and that you register to come.

With funding from the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation, we are completing a professionally prepared plan which will enable us to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2026.

Dr. Rob Passey of ITP Renewables will be in Noosa all week, with presentations to Noosa councillors and council staff, to business and tourism operators, and to local residents. Dr. Passey's final report will identify the most effective and cheapest combination of energy efficiency and energy generation (mainly solar) required to achieve 100% clean energy.


At the community meeting you will be presented with some preliminary modelling of the nature of the current electricity use in Noosa, including the amount of local solar PV generation. Scenarios will be presented that show different pathways for achieving 100% renewable electricity use over a year, based on the use of both renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency (including solar water heaters and heat pumps), but also including the impact of increased electricity use driven by electric vehicles. Options to drive the uptake of these technologies will be presented. 

There will be plenty of time for discussion as we will be seeking feedback on both the assumptions made in the scenarios as well as the options proposed to drive uptake. This will all feed into the final modelling and recommendations in a publicly available report.



Dr Rob Passey is a Senior Consultant with ITP Renewables, as well as Senior Research Associate (Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets) and Postdoctoral Fellow (School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering) at the University of NSW, and Policy Analyst and Treasurer at the Australian PV Institute. He is also Committee Member and Treasurer of Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM). He focuses on policy research and analysis, particularly renewable energy, distributed generation, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and carbon markets. In early 2017 he lead authored the report “Achieving 100% Renewable Electricity for Byron Shire”, for Zero Emissions Byron and Byron Shire Council, then in late 2017 he lead authored the report “Background Technical Study: East Gippsland Bright Futures Renewable Energy Project”, for East Gippsland Shire Council.



ZEN, Inc thanks the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation for its support of this project.

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ZEN, Inc thanks the Cooroy RSL for providing the venue for this community consultation.

Please note that a bar service will be available.