Coming together in late 2017, a group of Beechworth residents, supported by Indigo Shire Council, initiated a community conversation that revealed both an appetite for a 100% renewable energy target, and for more information, support and coordination.
This led to the formation of the Totally Renewable Beechworth initiative.
A significant focus of our efforts is to decarbonise the energy we use and secure reliable supply. We support approaches that democratise energy and provide options for owner occupiers, tenants and low income households to participate and benefit from renewable energy. We believe collaboration as the key to successful climate change action by the community.
Since its inception TRB has organised and partnered in several community events and networks; led community conversations; raised awareness; and delivered actions to achieve our 100% renewable energy goal.
We incorporated in November 2019.
Sue made her tree change in 2002, exchanging Melbourne for the beauty of north east Victoria. She has a long term interest in ecosystem preservation and co-founded It’s On Purpose, an initiative that builds capability for social change. Sue and her partner Andrew recently installed a 5.25kW solar system and Reclaim Heat Pump hot water unit.
I have lived in the Beechworth area since 1976 and have a long standing interest in environmental issues, having been active in past environmental groups in Beechworth.
I was inspired by Totally Renewable Yackandandah and Environment Victoria to do something in my own community about renewable energy to help mitigate climate change. I became a founding member of Totally Renewable Beechworth.
Beverley moved to Beechworth from Melbourne in 2016 after retiring from the Victorian public service. During her 30 year public service career Beverley led a range of programs and contributed to policy in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change and natural resouce managment. Beverley views community energy as a critical driver of the change needed in the energy sector and a key climate change response.
As an Engineer, I have been involved with Solar Energy since the 1980’s through the development of Solar Vehicles and racing the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide for 12 years. I also wrote the race regulations for the Victorian Schools Model Solar Car Race 30 years ago which still runs today. Professionally I have worked as a Senior Manager in the Medium Voltage Electrical Network industry. I have always been an advocate and solar enthusiast with an eye on the everchanging technologies. I moved to the Beechworth in 1995 with my Family and have solar installed on our house.
Elroy arrived in Beechworth three years ago. He worked for Greenpeace and a renewable energy company in the Netherlands. He is married, and has three children and a 5.5kW solar system.