Leaders Forum Three takes a trip to the Global Change Institute’s Gatton Solar Research Facility
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest solar PV systems and at Gatton is the next stop for the CCIQ ecoBiz Leaders Forum.
The forum will commence with a tour of the facility followed by a workshop to explore business models for solar power, storage and adopting new technologies. The 3.275 megawatt solar array comprises more than 37,000 thin-film photovoltaic panels, installed over 10 hectares on what was formerly a campus airstrip. The advanced technology photovoltaic (PV) modules from First Solar will produce enough clean energy to power more than 450 average Queensland homes and will displace the equivalent of 5600 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The facility also includes a 730kWh battery and a new state of the art, waterless cooling tower.
The CCIQ ecoBiz team are heading out to the farm and inviting the ecoBiz Leaders to share the experience. Contact us to confirm your place for the event.
Connecting with the Clean Energy Regulator
The Clean Energy Regulator, the Department of Environment and AusIndustry are pleased to invite ecoBiz participants to a free half day Emissions Reduction Fund information and networking event in Townsville (29 February) and Brisbane (1 March 2015).
These invitation-only events will bring together medium to large energy users, service/product providers and project aggregators to learn more about the energy and fuel efficiency opportunities under the ERF and the various collaborative models of participation that are possible. You will hear from current ERF participants as well as get information from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and AusIndustry about the assistance they can provide to companies looking to get involved in the ERF.
These events will provide ample opportunity for networking and include a light lunch. To register or for more information please contact the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542.
Learn about Solar PV/ battery storage systems
Tues, 24 Feb
Rooftop solar has proved itself to be immensely popular in Queensland. But more and more Queensland businesses are looking towards energy storage as a way to make better use of their generated solar electricity, reduce their reliance on the grid and save money on their electricity bills. So what’s all the fuss about battery storage? Hear some answers to frequently asked questions about solar PV and battery storage and whether it might be an option for your business.
Evaluate money-saving opportunities and your your ideas into action
Weds, 15 Mar
This interactive e-workshop will help you analyse opportunities in your business to save you money. You will learn how to evaluate these opportunities and develop a business case to turn ideas into actions.
Through this workshop you will understand the potential costs of implementing any opportunities and be able to consider the benefits to your business that will come as a result of these investments. The workshop will also guide you to the right places to look for potential funding and put your ideas into action.
TIP FROM THE EXPERTS
Reduce your ERA fees
Does your business pay fees for Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERA)? Depending on your industry, your business could be paying thousands on fees for ERA. Through ecoBiz you could be entitled to up to 10% off these fees.
If your business has demonstrated environmental improvements by either completing the ecoBiz program or through another means (i.e. you have implemented your own improvements or with the help of another program), you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on your ERA fees and be recognised as an ecoBiz Champion.
Not sure if you pay ERA fees? A quick chat with your accounts team or whoever it is that pays the bills is all it takes to find out. Find out if you’re eligible for the ERA discount and contact the team if you have any other questions.
For more FAQs visit the ecoBiz fact sheet and learn how you can start saving in your business.