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Collaborations & Partnerships

ENOVA COMMUNITY

To achieve its goals Enova Community collaborates with community-based partners which share our passion for energy efficiency, transition to renewables and sustainability.

Repower Byron

Repower Byron is a community-led movement to support and inspire us all to transition to a renewable energy future.

A partnership between Enova Community, Zero Emissions Byron and COREM, and supported by the Byron Shire Council, Repower is about switching on people power to decrease the cost of electricity and increase local generation, while reducing carbon emissions.

The partnership is working to achieve 100% renewable energy in the Byron Shire.

Each street in the Shire is progressively being encouraged to make the transition to renewables. With a team of trained volunteers, Repower Byron works street-by-street to engage with local householders to:

· SWITCH – to an ethical electricity retailer.
· REDUCE – electricity consumption, carbon emissions and save money!
· PRODUCE – produce renewable electricity by having solar panels installed at your home or business.
When people pay their electricity bill, that money usually leaves our region and often goes on to support coal and gas mining. The alternative is to choose an ethical electricity retailer, so that when people pay their electricity bill, they know that they are investing in renewables to create a clean energy future.
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Dave Rawlins (COREM), Kamala Rose (COREM), Sandi Middleton (Enova Community), Tiffany Harrison (ZEB), Ella Goninan (COREM).

REPOWER'S PILOT PROGRAM 

A pilot program involving two streets, one in Mullumbimby and another in central Byron Bay began in late September 2017, sponsored by Byron Shire Council. Locals embraced the concept, and in 2018, 17 streets were then taken into the Repower Pilot project, supported by Santos Organics. 

In 2019 Repower Byron aims to undertake 500 conversations with local residents and households, mobilising a team of door knocking volunteers to champion renewables to their neighbours and take climate action. We have already held three Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market stalls this year and two streets in Tallowood are already underway to Repower.

ZEB said this initiative was a significant component of the organisation’s push towards reaching its mission of ‘Net Zero Emissions within the Byron Shire region by 2025'. 

Similarly, COREM’s involvement reflects its mission to achieve 100% renewables in the Northern Rivers town of Mullumbimby by 2020. “ It's so easy. This is a perfect way for individual households to make a choice to go for renewable energy and just get on with it,” said Dave Rawlins from COREM.
A pilot program involving two streets, one in Mullumbimby and another in central Byron Bay began in late September 2017. These locals embraced the concept and street champions were identified.

ZEB said this initiative was a significant component of the organisation’s push towards reaching its mission of ‘Net Zero Emissions within the Byron Shire region by 2025”. “We want to create a sense of competition, but also camaraderie, because achieving this will certainly provide impetus for other communities to embrace this kind of change. Town by town around the nation people can make the transition to renewables, easily and without fuss,” said Tiffany Harrison from ZEB.

Similarly, COREM’s involvement reflects its mission to achieve 100% renewables in the Northern Rivers town of Mullumbimby by 2020. “This is a perfect way for individual households to make a choice to go for renewable energy and just get on with,” said Dave Rawlins from COREM.
REPOWER WEBSITE

Our Repower Byron Partners are

COREM- Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby

COREM’S goal is to transition the greater Mullumbimby area to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible. In addition to Repower, COREM also manages a revolving fund for community roof top solar, and has undertaken a pre-feasibility study into the viability of re-commissioning the Mullumbimby Mini Hydro. For more about COREM go to: www.corem.org.au
www.corem.org.au

Zero Emissions Byron

Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) aims to transition the Byron Shire region to zero net emissions by 2025. Founded in 2015 with connections to Beyond Zero Emissions, ZEB aims to reduce the impacts of climate change and develop new economic opportunities by inspiring and working with Council and the community in the five sectors of carbon emissions:
· Energy
· Buildings
· Transport
· Agriculture & Land Use
· Waste

ZEB acts as an umbrella group managing the carbon budget for the region, with three main roles:
1. Calculate and monitor emissions and their abatement
2. Develop an emissions mitigation strategy and plans
3. Facilitate emissions abatement in the Byron Shire.

You can find out more about Zero Emissions Byron here: www.zerobyron.org
www.zerobyron.org
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