COREM (Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby) is a unique voluntary not-for-profit renewable energy organisation, based at Mullumbimby in Byron Shire, Northern NSW.
COREM seeks innovative solutions that make switching to community-owned renewable energy easier, cheaper and more socially-energising, smashing the obstacles that stand in the way, across many aspects of the renewable energy system. We want to create a change not only to the the type of electrical power we use, but also in our political and economic power structures, leaving oligarchies behind and instead working with de-centralised, communally-shared platforms.
Our goal is to transition the Byron Shire to 100% Renewables. You can be part of it too!
1) SOLAR POWER BULK BUY
In partnership with clean energy retailers Suncrowd and Enova Energy, a scheme to purchase solar power systems are at price only achievable through massing together many community members to leverage bulk buying prices.
2) REVOLVING FUND: INTEREST-FREE COMMUNITY SOLAR SYSTEM LOANS
Public donations (crowd sourcing) and government and philanthropic grants (patron sourcing) are offered to community organisations to acquire solar systems on the rooftops of their buildings, on the proviso that organisations pay off the loan, interest-free, from the financial savings made on their ongoing electricity bills. To date, we have delivered systems to six local organisations:
3) LOW-INTEREST BUSINESS SOLAR SYSTEM LOANS
Through the generosity of a private financial benefactor, businesses are offered very low interest loans to purchase solar power systems.
4) REPOWER BYRON SHIRE (in association with Zero Emissions Byron & Enova Energy) www.repowerbyron.org
An innovative activation of the clean energy revolution, one street at a time. This program transfers a method that saw great success in the ‘Lock The Gate’ anti-gas-mining campaign: helping to change communal behaviours, by identifying and supporting one clean energy champion per street, who in turns assists all residents/households on that street to change to 100% renewables.
5) RENEW FEST www.renewfest.org.au
Australia’s festival of ecological and social renewal, located within Mullumbimby Showgrounds, connecting dozens of organisations, hundreds of presenters and thousands of the general public.
6) HYDRO POWER SCHEME
In a funded feasibility phase, this project is looking to re-activate the century-old hydro power plant at Mullumbimby, connecting a passion for clean energy from past generations with the aspirations and actions o future generations.
7) COMMUNITY-OWNED LARGE-SCALE SOLAR GARDEN
Designing innovative large scale community-owned solar array assets, ensuring required portions are dedicated to those currently locked out of the market ie people who are renting or who have shady roofs. COREM is currently one of several national partners and test-bed organisations in the national Social Access Solar Garden project led by Community Power Agency and UTS.