Would you like to install solar panels but your house is too shaded?
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Would you like to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Are you wondering if you should install a battery?
Would you like to know what you can do that doesn’t cost the earth?
Are you thinking about an electric car but not sure how to charge it?
Perhaps you need to lower your fuel bills?
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Welcome to Electrify Bouddi

Electrify Bouddi is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association dedicated to climate action through adapting our energy use and switching supply to renewable resources in the Killcare, Killcare Heights, Hardy’s Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe areas.

We join many other community energy projects around  Australia whose goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy, better manage resources and decrease energy usage in our communities.

We are actively investigating the following options:

We welcome members who are interested in their role in the changing structure of the energy industry at a local level by pooling our efforts and imagination!

How you can support Electrify Bouddi

We welcome everyone – you don’t have to be an energy expert! 

There are several ways for you to actively support Electrify Bouddi. 

Becoming a Member gives you a say in how we are run. It is simple and free to join by completing the form below.

I wish to become a Member of Electrify Bouddi:

We promise to guard your privacy and only use this information in relation to Electrify Bouddi. If you are concerned with how we might use this information, please see our Privacy Statement.

Our membership assists us to show the government and utilities what our level of support is within our community. This will help us to access potential funding to support our aims.

See here for more information on what it means to be a Member of Electrify Bouddi.

If you wish to be actively involved in Electrify Bouddi, you should join a Working Group!

This is where we get to grips with a topic, educate ourselves, and plan what we should be doing.  

Awareness & Sharing Knowledge

Electrify Bouddi has an important role in sharing information about what we can do to address climate concerns and avoid spiralling energy costs. Being part of this team means you will help us raise awareness in the community about access to and solutions for energy issues.

Electrify your
Community

We want to understand how we can minimise CO2 emissions resulting from the energy use in our area by better matching our usage to the availability of renewable energy sources. Electrify Bouddi is collecting information on our community’s current energy demand profile and the characteristics of our energy supplies. With this information, we can examine options such as a community battery, a solar farm, demand bidding and other exciting projects.

Electrify your Home

We all need access to the right information at the right time to make decisions about electrifying our homes to suit our unique circumstances.
So we will inform our community on the most streamlined decarbonisation journey for our households and local businesses. We also aim to help the community by engaging expert tradespeople and explore the bulk purchasing of whitegoods and appliances.

Bouddi Energy Festival

Celebrating everything about sustainable energy, the Bouddi Energy Festival will showcase a range of energy technologies and practical solutions. This family friendly event will have an exciting line-up of workshops, demonstrations, and speakers to showcase renewable energy developments. With market stalls, local artists, community organisations, live music, and free kids’ activities. We are looking for creativity and ‘energy’ from volunteers to coordinate this exciting event, and to work closely with our existing community arts groups to create a special festival experience.

Tick the boxes below for the topics that most interest you and one of our team will contact you to discuss how you can best participate.

We have devised a simple home energy survey to investigate how, as a community, we use energy. 

By completing as much of this as you can, you will be helping us to better understand our current energy usage and what options we will have in the future for supplying renewable resources.

FAQs

Electrify Bouddi is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association dedicated to advancing climate action through adapting our energy use and supply to renewable resources in the Killcare, Killcare Heights, Hardy’s Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe areas.

Electrify Bouddi is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association dedicated to advancing climate action through adapting our energy use and supply to renewable resources in the Killcare, Killcare Heights, Hardy’s Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe areas.

To facilitate net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the Bouddi community and lower the cost of energy by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, and taking steps to use energy more efficiently.

Electrify Bouddi also aims to facilitate other community initiatives that help Australia reach the national net zero carbon emissions target by 2050, such as tree-planting, circular economy projects, biodiversity conservation and community gardens and permaculture.

The organisers are a mixed bunch of local residents, with varied experience and skills, who are learning as we go along. Further information on some of the organisers is included in the contacts.

Electrification is our nickname for the decarbonisation of our community energy use. Traditionally, our society has been dependent on fossil fuels, such as coal, gas and oil for the production of electricity, which produces enormous amounts of carbon. Switching to electricity from renewable sources, together with adequate storage and higher levels of energy efficiency appears the best option for meeting our future energy needs. 

The word ‘Bouddi’ is the local First Nations name for the area that includes the suburbs of Killcare, Killcare Heights, Hardy’s Bay, Pretty Beach, Wagstaffe and Macmasters Beach. It has various meanings in Aboriginal language; however, it’s most common translation is ‘heart’. 

Electrify Bouddi is an Incorporated Association run by its Members. It is managed by a Steering Committee that is elected by the Members.

Our members collaborate to form Working Groups which focus on particular topics of interest. There are currently four Working Groups that mirror our main priorities, but these may be added to in the future as Electrify Bouddi evolves.

Electrify Bouddi is run by and on behalf of its Membership. Being a Member means that you have access to information, resources and peers whose interests are invested in the future of our Community energy needs.

You also have a say in decision making when we move beyond research and into developing and sharing resources.

There is no fee associated with becoming a Member and membership is open to everyone, whatever their age.

For more detailed information on rules governing Electrify Bouddi, please see our constitution here.

Further information for people considering becoming a member can be found at Fair Trading’s website here.

We live in a well-resourced, innovative and connected community, inspired to protect the unique nature around us. 

Electrify Bouddi offers an opportunity to demonstrate how protecting this environment and our community can be achieved by  working in partnership with government and industry. 

This includes contributing to Australia’s overall efforts to reach our target of reducing emissions by 43 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net zero by 2050. 

We can turn the climate change challenge into an opportunity for our community to grow stronger together and connect with like-minded communities across Australia. We can build a community facilitated process that supports other critical responses to wide-ranging environmental challenges. 

Renewable energy supplies from the sun and wind often exceed demand, so a battery enables the excess energy to be stored and then released a time when it is needed most.  In this way we can make the most of these renewable energy resources.

Renewable energy supplies from the sun and wind often exceed demand, so a battery enables us to store the excess energy to use at a later time. In this way we can make the most of these renewable energy resources. 

A community battery provides electricity to multiple households, storing excess solar power when it is not needed and then feeding the electricity back to our households when we need it. It is usually cheaper to buy a single large battery than the equivalent capacity of smaller household batteries. Through sharing one battery amongst many households the system is more efficient and cost effective.

We are fortunate to have so many large trees in the area but the downside is that many roofs are too shady for solar panels. However, it may be possible to find alternative locations within our area which are better suited to solar panels and can feed electricity into our network to help power the community.

The potential to unlock lower costs results from the combination of (a) using energy more efficiently, e.g. by switching to the most efficient appliances and lighting, (b) maximising the use of cheaper renewable energy supply options and (c) shifting electricity demand to times when there is less pressure on the supply network. This is easier to achieve in a small community like ours with willing inhabitants.

Yes there are already Federal and State Government supported pilots and projects successfully working around Australia, with more under development. 

Take a look at the following examples: 

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Useful Links

We will develop our range of resources for the local community, including information on typical household energy consumption, energy saving tips and where to get grants for renewable energy projects.  

In the meantime, you may find the following links provide useful information on a wide range of relevant topics.

Who We Are

We are a small group of people that live locally and are committed to helping this community to take practical steps to cut our greenhouse gas emissions. By establishing Electrify Bouddi, we hope to encourage the whole community to join us in having an impact!

Donna Cameron
Mark Ellis
Graham Jones
Malcolm McCall
Jane Shapiro
Hannah Sitkowski
Anna Trigg

To contact us, please email us at: info@electrifybouddi.org
Or call Jeremy Cox, 0473 678 452

We will endeavour to respond quickly but please bear with us if it takes a day or two to get back to you.

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