THE HISTORY OF RENEWABLE NEWSTEAD

2008
Newstead declares enthusiasm at a town summit for being responsible for our community’s power generation and waste and to cut emissions that help warm the globe.

2009
Newstead 2021 Inc partners with the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and Castlemaine 500 to survey Newstead’s energy use. Alex Hall leads the survey.

2010
Newstead 2021 Inc partners with Central Victorian Solar City to provide free home and business energy assessments. More than 170 home energy assessments are completed. Cash payments are made available to those who invest in making their homes more energy efficient.

2011
Jan 26: Locals meet at Ron & Julia Snep’s Welshmans Reef winery to form an inaugural Renewable Newstead steering committee. Those attending include Geoff Park, Ron Snep, Doug Bell, Mal Fyffe, Garry Peirce, Jayson Burhop, Phil Dessens, Marty Lynzart, Don Culvenor, Dave Stratton, Xanya Mamuya, Sonny Neale, Gary Gibson, Pete & Deb Ferguson and Gen Barlow.
Sept: The Newstead Energy Feasibility Study shows powering Newstead with 100 per cent renewable power is viable and RN agrees to pursue this idea.

2012-2013
RN gathers information and works on strategy

2014
Newstead’s new solar-powered recreation reserve pavilion opens.
Newstead 2021 Inc writes a proposal to develop, document and implement a plan for shifting the town to 100per cent renewable energy and lobbies local and state MPs for support. This phase is called Behind the Meter.
Nov: Labor elected to govern Victoria and commits to funding Behind the Meter.

2015
Feb 19: Victoria’s new Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visits Newstead to announce $200,000 grant for RN’s Behind the Meter project.

2016
Jan 7: Geoff Park for Newstead 2021 Inc and Alastair McKeown, Chief Financial Officer for Powercor, sign a two-year memorandum of understanding to work together to ensure Newstead benefits from low-cost, reliable, safe power supplies while shifting the town to 100 per cent renewable energy supply with a focus on generating that power locally. The agreement commits the parties to documenting the process for potential replication across comparable communities in Victoria and demonstrates Powercor’s support for community-owned renewable energy and keeping communities grid-connected.

Feb 15: Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visits Newstead to announce the Newstead 2021Inc /Powercor agreement & to further champion and reiterate the Victorian Government’s support for the project.

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