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Keepit Solar

~ Stakeholder Dialogue ~

a partnered initiative of
Welcome
& Program
● Purpose
● Background
● Farming the Sun
● Introductions
& Dialogue
● Next Steps
Purpose of the
Keepit Solar Initiative
~ to build a community network for
sustainability that significantly
increases the understanding,
affordability & take-up
of renewable & sustainable energy
throughout the Namoi Region
to contribute to a sustainable future ~
~ is a network of community
entrepreneurs who work with
communities to navigate transitions
to sustainability... through community
enterprise, learning & leadership ~
Background to Keepit Solar
● Namoi community, networks & political
interest in NESS & Farming the Sun
● Eco-Smart Building Expos (2009 & 2010)
● Namoi Solar Survey
182 Survey Responses
Other Technologies
of Interest
● Wind Power
● Geothermal
● Solar Pumps
● Waste water management
● Integration of technologies (eg. wood with
solar thermal/heating)
Status Report

180+ Pv Systems & 270kW+ – residential, farms,
government & business

120+ SHW Systems – residential & commercial

145+ Home Sustainability Assessments

$4m+ project value
● 4 new solar companies in Region
● Systems 20-50% more affordable
● Training for 30+ tradespeople
● Substantial community education
Premises with Solar
Count

350

300

250

200

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150

100

50

0
2008 2009 2010
Exported kWH
kWh

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2008 2009 2010

-50,000

-100,000

-150,000

-200,000 kWh

-250,000

-300,000

-350,000

-400,000
Community Enterprise Model
● “For Purpose” & Fair Pay for Goods & Services
● Buying in Bulk – Installing in Clusters
● Local Partner Network
● Community Sustainability Network
● Trained Local Installers & Industry Development
● Free Promotion, Word of Mouth Marketing
Introductions & Dialogue
~ significantly increase the
understanding, affordability & take-up
of renewable & sustainable energy ~
● Interest in renewable energy & sustainability
● Strengths & Assets
● Challenges
● Priorities & First Steps
● Questions
Next Steps
● Solar Survey
● Approach & Plan
● Supplier Expression of
Interest & Selection
● Partner & Sponsor
Agreements
● Pre-Launch Offer &
Website Launch
● Public Launch
● Community Information
Sessions
KEEPIT SOLAR
~ thank you ~

a partnered initiative of