A Clean Energy Roadshow hosted by the Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie gave businesses and agri-businesses the opportunity to learn about renewable energy systems and financing schemes
The local MP ran workshops in the Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island last week with guest speakers from the Clean Energy Financial Corporation (CEFC), Off-Grid Energy Australia and Lucid Consulting.
The CEFC was set up by the Federal Government a number of years ago as part of its Clean Energy Future Program, and co-invests and helps business and industry overcome capital market barriers to taking up efficient, low emission renewables.
Ms Sharkie said, “Obtaining reliable, affordable energy is one of the biggest hurdles to economic growth facing South Australia and I’m finding that businesses are turning to renewables not just for their environmental credentials but because they want to take control of their costs.
“That was why I invited the CEFC to come to Mayo, to facilitate forums for businesses to help them find out what renewable technologies and systems are out there, and how they can source finance.
“Some of the businesses I spoke afterwards were surprised to learn they could access finance via the CEFC for energy efficient, low emission machinery.
“It was also good for those CEFC representatives attending to learn about some of the financing barriers facing small businesses and farmers, particularly enterprises on Kangaroo Island.
“I’d like to sincerely thank Island Pure sheep dairy at Cygnet River on Kangaroo Island for allowing us to run the workshop on their property.”
Tiff Turner, the farm dairy manager at Island Pure, said their enterprise felt honoured to host the workshop.
“I’d like to give a big thank you to Rebekha and the people from the CEFC and Off-Grid Energy for coming out to us on Kangaroo Island,” Ms Turner said.
“It was an informative and extremely helpful seminar and came at a time when we all really need to be looking at this technology. Here at Island Pure we understand the need to move towards renewable energy.
“We can never be sure when the power is going to go off and with the electricity line from the mainland deteriorating, renewables need investigating.”
Island Pure is installing solar and battery storage on its new lamb shed and fodder system, and is transitioning its dairy operations to renewables.