NSW retirement village The Links, South West Rocks will recover the $1.2 million cost of deploying an Enphase-based renewable energy microgrid, which lowers power costs for residents, within five years.
On the New South Wales Mid North coast, between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, South West Rocks is a popular destination for smart retirees seeking a sustainable and comfortable beachside lifestyle community. The Links, South West Rocks is a gated land lease village that will ultimately have 199 dwellings.
A key attraction for this carbon-neutral community is an embedded electricity network in which most houses have a photovoltaic (PV) solar array of 16 x 370-watt panels. Each panel is equipped with an Enphase IQ 7+ä microinverter to harvest and share solar energy throughout the village, including common use facilities such as swimming pools, the bowling club and streetlights.
A grassroots fundraising campaign set up by Australian cleantech investors Anna and Simon Hackett has raised more than $200,000 to support the Climate 200 initiative in just three days.
Based on the belief that Australia's political system is too broken to tackle climate change, Climate 200 was established by Simon Holmes a Court to support local independent candidates for the next Federal election who stand for cleaning up politics and following the science on climate change.
Simon Hackett first became known nationally as an Internet entrepreneur through his company Internode. Since selling Internode in 2012, Simon and Anna have actively invested in a range of innovative and cleantech companies, including ASX-listed Redflow.
Anna and Simon believe the only way to clear the current climate policy gridlock is for more genuinely independent Australians, who follow the science, to be elected to the Federal Parliament at the next election. To achieve this goal, on October 1, they offered to match donations to Climate 200, dollar-for-dollar, to as much as $100,000.
Before the end of Sunday, October 3, more than 500 donors had given $102,500, which Simon and Anna have matched to raise a total of $205,000 for Climate 200. Click here for the campaign details.
COVID19 hesitancy has hindered bookings for a one-off Adelaide concert by world-famous Russian pianist Konstantin Shambray which, in normal times, would be a sell-out performance.
Running Sunday at the Lifeflow Meditation Centre at Glen Osmond Road, Frewville, such a performance would normally sell out the entire 100-person capacity weeks before the show. The concert was intended to kick off celebrations of Lifeflow’s 40th anniversary in October this year.
However, even with a limited COVID-compliant 60-seat audience, organisers still have empty seats, just three days before the concert.
Australian-based Russian pianist Konstantin Shambray is described as an exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano, who enjoys performing at an international level with the world’s leading orchestras and concert presenters. Konstantin is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire, one of the three great piano tuition institutions in the world, along with the Paris Conservatoire and Julliard School in New York.
Lifeflow founder Graham Williams said such an intimate concert by Konstantin would normally sell out weeks beforehand. “Konstantin is an incredibly gifted musician whose reputation is well-deserved,” he said. “The last movement of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit (Gaspard of the Night), called Scarbo (the Goblin), is the most difficult piece of music ever written for piano. Ravel deliberately wrote it that way. Konstantin will play this piece on Sunday - and can play it magnificently without even trying!”
Smart energy innovator carbonTRACK Ltd has secured a share of $25.1 million in innovation funding to accelerate the commercialisation of its ground-breaking Australian energy management technology.
carbonTRACK is one of 15 projects that received a total investment of $25.1 million, comprising $17.95 million from the manufacturing industry and $7.16 million from the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) $30 million Commercialisation Fund. The investment was awarded by AMGC in consultation with all Industry Growth Centres, and CSIRO.
Melbourne-based carbonTRACK received total funding of $877,000 - including $428,500 in grant funds - to continue development and commercialisation of its mass market Smart Gateway which uses cellular & Wi-Fi communication to remotely monitor and control renewable energy assets and electronic devices and appliances. The carbonTRACK product maximises energy efficiency while minimising costs and CO2 emissions and supports virtual power plants, virtual energy networks and energy trading.
AMGC Managing Director Dr Jens Goennemann said Australia’s manufacturing industry was ready to get to work. “All 15 co-funded manufacturing projects are expected to generate higher-paying, more resilient jobs onshore, while providing significant export opportunities of high-quality Australian products abroad,” he said.