On Thursday 12th October, Mitchell Community Energy Inc. was inaugurated. This is a big step forward.
The Sustainable Seymour workshops expressed a keen interest in developing community energy projects in Seymour. We now have at least one very good solar energy project at the SSAC ready to go, a larger pumped-hydro-electricity project at Trawool that we are developing through a series of feasibility studies, and many other ideas. There is a growing body of information and support for communities seeking to develop community energy projects.
So a small group from the SS Network decided to set up the organisational structures to implement local projects. Of the many alternatives, the group proposes to:
- Set up an incorporated, not-for-profit group – Mitchell Community Energy Inc. – as the vehicle for developing projects.
- Set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (a Community Company) to invest in the SSAC project at this stage. Investments will be available to members of MCE. This will possibly be the model for other projects developed by Mitchell Community Energy Inc.
On 12th October, a meeting at Chittick Place in Seymour was attended by 17 people. The meeting was well supported by the Council: Cr Rob Eldridge chaired the meeting and the Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson. Cr David Atkinson and Cr Fiona Stevens and program leader Elyse Kelly also attended. The meeting voted to set up Mitchell Community Energy Inc, and also voted on the Purpose and Rules for the association. The Purpose of the association is:
To reduce the generation of greenhouse gases in the Mitchell Shire community and develop a greater awareness of climate change issues through a community-based organization that will:
- Secure funding from within the communityand elsewhere to undertake renewable energy and energy conservation projects.
- Build community participation, empowerment and pride by working together on those projects.
- Strengthen the local economy by using local enterprises and labourand capital.
- Keep the funds generated by savings in power costs within the community.
- Ensure that all members of the community have opportunities to benefit from the projects.
Finally, the meeting nominated Peter Lockyer as President, Jeff Wilmot as Secretary and John Thompson as Treasurer, plus Irene Telford, Bob Brown and Carol Tullett as committee members.
The new group welcomes memberships and participation.
How to join Mitchell Community Energy Inc.: Details to follow shortly