A community energy future for Cobargo?
What would be possible if we all came together to design a renewable energy future for Cobargo and the surrounding region?
The 2019-2020 bushfires once again revealed the vulnerability of our national energy grid. The destruction of poles and wires in these fires led to prolonged grid failure, which caused further disruption to our lives.
We are a community group working to improve energy security and energy efficiency in the Cobargo region and to assist the transition to clean, local electricity generation.
Our first major goal is to develop a plan for a community microgrid in Cobargo, which will provide more resilient power for the town and surrounding areas in the event of a significant grid outage and help reduce emissions at the same time.
We are also working with four other Cobargo community groups to install solar systems and batteries in community buildings to create “cool refuges” that can be used during heatwaves.
Acknowledgement of Country
The Cobargo and District Energy Transition team acknowledges the Djiringanj people of the Yuin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which this project is situated. We acknowledge that the Djiringanj people have been caring for this country for tens of thousands of years and respect their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
Who we are
Renewable Cobargo is an initiative of the Cobargo and District Energy Transition (CaDET), a coalition of residents, business owners, farmers and other interested parties working to improve energy resilience in the region and accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. We are all volunteers.
Using funding from the Federal Government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund we are working with ITP, a renewable energy consultancy with expertise in the microgrid sector who have designed, managed, installed or commissioned microgrids across the Pacific and in Australia over the past 13 years.
CaDET is working alongside other community energy groups across Australia to ensure that rural and regional communities have a voice in the energy transition responding to climate change.
See our About Us page to learn more.
Volunteer to help
Extra hands and minds are always welcome. There is much work to do, from community outreach, designing the Cobargo grid, to looking at benefits, risks and scalability, and investigating investment models. More details here.
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