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Living off the grid: A Show & Tell presentation of an off-grid hybrid system at Taggerty

On Sunday, 12 March 2017, the Murrindindi Climate Network started this year's program with a Show & Tell event on solar off-grid solutions and its 10th Annual General Meeting. Our special thanks go to our hosts, Sue and Rob Clements, who welcomed over 40 visitors to their property at Taggerty. Due to the high attendance, two groups were formed to follow two presentations in alternation. Property owner Rob Clements and electrician Heath Macalister talked about the general energy efficiency measures undertaken in this new building and explained the principal components of the energy generation system. Meanwhile, electrical engineer Peter McKernan took his audience on a technical tour demonstrating the functioning of each element of this off-grid hybrid system and how they work together (solar panels, two inverters, batteries, a generator set). The workshop ended with a lively plenary session at which many questions from the audience were discussed. For technical specifications of this hybrid off-grid energy system please find the technical report here.

Photo: Peter McKernan (left) explains the battery system of the off-grid solar hybrid system.
Peter explains a battery systemPeter explains batteries















(Photo taken by Julia Foletta)

Photo: The off-grid solar system on a Taggerty property with stunning views
Taggerty Property











(Photo taken by Peter McKernan)



Friday, 14 of February 2014 - AGM of the Murrindindi Climate Network with special presentations on

Coal Seam Gas - undermining productive farmland?

Dr. Gavin Mudd, Senior Researcher, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Monash University
"What the Frack? Understanding the Unconventional Gas Debate: Impacts vs no Impacts?"


Fern Hames, Manager Research and Communications, Arthur Rylah Institute (DEPI)
Coal Seam Gas - Seeking Common Ground and Leadership

The AGM for the year 2013 was a very successful event with 45 people attending. MC of the evening was Peter McKernan.

The Annual Report 2013 was presented by Rita Seethaler (chair), the Financial Report was presented by Bill Jeffreys (treasurer), and a new board for the year 2014 was elected. The program then proceeded with the presentations of the two guest speakers. For further information, read the press release, or view a presentation of Dr. Gavin Mudd on Coal Seam Gas and Groundwater.


Weekend of 11/12/13 of April 2013

The first Australian Steel Pans festival happened in Marysville.

For further information, visit the the website www.ozpans.com/
Great music and a sustainable festival that attempted to address energy use, waste and management.


Friday 23rd November 2012

Goulburn Broken Biodiversity Research Forum

Fire, Fauna and Understanding our Landscapes.
Location: DSE Offices, 89 Sydney Road Benalla
JulieMasters on (03) 5761 1611 or email
Julie.Masters@dse.vic.gov.au by COB Wed 21st November


Saturday 17th November 2012: 3pm - 5.30pm

The 2012 MCN AGM and the Inaugural Movie viewing of "Greening your Business" starring the MCN green business assessor team in action assessing Yea and Marysville businesses.

Followed by a Delicious BBQ

A successful event- with up to 30 people in attendance. The board was voted in with three new board members joining. The MC for the event was Charlie Bisset.

After all this the Alexandra Football club fundraising team put on a delicious BBQ with fresh salds and dreamy desserts.


April 21st, 2012
CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIODIVERSITY Steve Meacher

Steve, an environmental educator and climate activist, has since 2009 been Project Worker for the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action; a grouping of six councils, investigating how the management of bushland and biodiversity by councils will have to change to adapt to global warming. The EAGA engaged Steve to investigate the likely impacts of climate change on the environments and biodiversity of Melbourne's eastern suburbs. In this presentation and discussion Steve will summarise the state of the current knowledge, investigate possible responses and solutions and attempt to answer some of your questions on what we can expect in our region over the coming twenty to sixty years.
Location: WARRANDYTE Andersons Creek Primary School Performing Arts Centre 36-38 Drysdale Rd
Time: 12.30p
Contact details: same as Warrandyte Sustainability Expo
Extra details: All welcome, Free



April 21st, 2012
5th WARRANDYTE SUSTAINABILITY EXPO
Electric cars and bikes, solar products, thermal mass and draught solutions, double glazing, water management, energy efficient household products, sustainable garden management, grow-your-own ideas and more. The Expo, aims to showcase sustainable household and now transport solutions, to help reduce our reliance on non-renewable energy. See GM Holden?s entry to the Electric Car Market A special pre-launch opportunity of the Holden VOLT where visitors can ?see-ask-learn? about electric cars. The previewed Holden VOLT is an extended range electric vehicle (EREV) which can drive up to 80km on pure electricity using the advanced lithium-ion battery and when the charge runs low, a 1.4 litre petrol generator kicks in to recharge the battery and extend the range by hundreds of kilometres. ?Capture Climate Change? - An exhibition of local student?s photography will also be on display. Stalls, information talks, food and music. Lots of fun for all the family, with a remarkable solar powered couch to experience! Visitors can enter to win one of three prizes, a worm farm and compost bins. Organised by Warrandyte Climate action now
Location: WARRANDYTE Andersons Creek Primary School Performing Arts Centre 36-38 Drysdale Rd (Behin
Time: 10.00a-4.30p
Contact details: Warrandyte Climate action now
Extra details: All Welcome



April 28th, 2012
ECO FOOD FEST @ ECOSS
Celebrate sustainable food & living in the Yarra Valley with workshops, food and entertainment, including: morning yoga; poet?s & pancakes; local produce plants & seedlings; eco market stalls; scrumptious food; sustainable arts and kids activities; edible weed tour; composting; home brewing; backyard chook chat; food preserving; great live music; and earth goddess welcoming. A great family day in the beautiful surrounds of Yarra Valley Ecoss.
Location: WESBURN Yarra Valley ECOSS 711 Old Warburton Rd
Time: 9.00a-5.00p
Contact details: Info: Donna 0419896350 or yvecossevents@gmail.com
Extra details: Free Entry We are still looking for stall holders.


Sunday 9th September 2012

Sustainable house day -Victoria

Sustainable House Day started in 2001 as an initiative of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).
Over 200 homes opened their doors to over 40,000 people on Sunday 11 September 2011 for Sustainable House Day?s 10th Anniversary as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling and other practices designed to lessen our impact on the environment.

Homes opened for free, providing a fantastic opportunity for people seeking to make their own homes or rental properties greener.
Sustainable House Day gives people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind and talk to owners, receiving unbiased advice.

Click on this link for more details www.sustainablehouseday.com




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