A little bit of context
Another hottest year on record... again. December 2016 was the hottest month on record, until January 2017 and then February 2017 beat them all by being 1.21 C above the 20th Century average. Science shows that climate change is upon us and we need to limit warming to 1.5 C.
But there’s a problem...
we still face an Australian Government ignoring these measurable facts and choosing dirty coal above the wellbeing of the environment and people of Australia.
Here's what we are doing about it.
In response to the climate emergency, COREM's mission is to transition our town and surrounding areas to 100% renewable energy in the shortest time possible.
COREM (Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby) has become part of the national movement for Community Owned Renewable Energy and a 100% renewable energy transition.
Since our inception in 2014, COREM...
- has raised the funds for 5 PV Solar Systems to power up community buildings. This revolving fund will continue to finance more projects.
- partnered with ENOVA and Sun Crowd and held a solar bulk-buy of high quality solar PV systems, batteries and installations for the people of the Northern Rivers.
- is the proud hosts of the pioneering sustainability festival Renew Fest bringing collaboration, action and celebration to a whole new humming level!
- has developed a range of tangible and achievable actions we now want to deliver and can with your support...
You can join us ♥︎
For Mullumbimby and the 2482 postcode alone, the transition to 100% renewable energy is a significant task. By supporting us, we then can lead the way to show that it is possible to create the safe climate essential to our survival.
To reach our 2017 targets as part of our 100 % Renewable Energy goal we require $100,000... These funds are for
1. Community Solar Assets
$35 000 required for 5 new projects
We have buildings run by volunteer community groups waiting for solar. The PV system not only addresses climate change but money generated from this renewable electricity also supports local community groups and is returned to COREM to be used again in our Revolving Community Energy Fund. A truly sustainable solution for people and the planet.
Clean the Grid
Inspiring residents to take the pledge to run on renewable energy and create entire streets to be declared free of fossil fuel electricity. Educational and support materials need to be developed for both volunteers and home visits.
Community Solar Bulk Buy
Community bulk buys make solar easy and affordable for all. Some return is expected from this project after promotions and marketing costs.
Local Business Solar Program
Linking and supporting businesses and their landlords to go solar. There are some legal costs involved with developing a contract(s) for the project, however pro bono support is also being sourced.
It is anticipated some of the projects will generate some small income, with this money being returned to the revolving fund to continue to support the work of COREM in perpetuity!
To ensure the swift and successful delivery of these 3 programs a project coordinator is required 2 days a week, at a cost of approximately $25 000 over 12 months.
3. Laverty’s Gap Hydro Power Station
Mullumbimby once ran on renewable energy and we want history to repeat. COREM is ready to enage an initial Pre-Feasibility study into refurbishing the decomissioned hydro power station. A project brief has already been finalised for this work, now we just need the money!!
4. Public & Community Relations
Including the COREM website, social media, newsletter, marketing, promotions & merchandise.
5. Energy Education Centre
The Energy Education Centre is envisaged to be a central part of town where people can meet and have coffee and talk about all things energy including receiving information from COREM, Enova and ZEB (Zero Emissions Byron) and access to resources, staff and support for all things energy transition in our Shire.
We are looking to build this as a partnership project with a number of groups and collaborate on the development of this concept and show our commitment to ensuring it happens ASAP!
These actions will enable us to be a step closer to our local 100% renewable energy goal, but will grow the groundswell for the national action required.
Power to the People! Donate now and feel the love
All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE courtesy of our friends at MullumSEED.org.au championing sustainability leadership and community org support!