Switching To Solar

On the 1st of March 2021 H’CoRE held its first face-to-face event that was also live streamed on Zoom as a Webinar. This is a recording of the webinar.

Event details: This free community event discussed all your rooftop solar electricity and solar energy water heating options.


Guest Speakers: (Intro by Jeff Barlow – Healesville Core)


* Glen Morris (SolarQuip) – Healesville’s own renewable energy guru! Glen is a wealth of expert information on solar electricity and solar hot water systems.


* Jason Parsons from Reclaim Energy – heat pump hot water system suppliers who explain the benefits of using a heat pump hot water system and details of the community offer for Healesville and surrounding communities.


* Julian Guess – Julian works in the Sustainability Team at Yarra Ranges Council and updated us on the Solar Saver offer and other Council renewable energy projects.

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The Healesville Energy Revolution is Here!

This two hour video was recorded on Monday 12 October 2020. It consists of three parts: an introduction by the President of Healesville CoRE, Jeff Barlow; this is followed by the first speaker, Ben McGowan from Indigo Power; second speaker, Matthew Charles-Jones from Mondo and Totally Renewable Yackandandah; third speaker, Julian Guess from the Sustainability unit at Yarra Ranges Council.
Due to a technical problem with Jeff’s video camera, his image appears as a still rather than a moving image.


Ben McGowan, Indigo Power.
This was recorded at a Healesville CoRE webinar, “The Healesville Energy Revolution is Here!”  on Monday 12 October 2020.
Ben explains the origins of Indigo Power as a community owned energy provider and launches the Healesville Community Energy Hub through which residents in Healesville and surrounding postcodes can sign up to purchase their electricity from Indigo Power, which returns 50% of profits to the community.


Matthew Charles-Jones from Mondo and from Totally Renewable Yackandandah.
This was recorded at a Healesville CoRE webinar, “The Healesville Energy Revolution is Here!”  on Monday 12 October 2020.
Matt addresses the changing face of energy production, storage and distribution in Australia, from a centralized to an emerging decentralized model and the place of micro grids, distributed energy and community energy in this transformation.


Julian Guess from Yarra Ranges Council Sustainability Unit.
This was recorded at a Healesville CoRE webinar, “The Healesville Energy Revolution is Here!”  on Monday 12 October 2020.
Julian addresses the achievements of the Yarra Ranges Council in working towards net zero with its own energy needs, the development of solar farms on old sealed tip sites and the development of a biochar facility at Coldstream.

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Healesville CoRE Energy Revolution is here!

“Microgrids. Macro benefits.”


7.00pm to 9.00pm
This event will be run as an online webinar. Details to be provided on registration.

Free community event.

Launch of the Healesville Community Energy Hub with the Community Owned Energy Supply Company  – Indigo Power!

Learn how the whole community can benefit from community renewable energy and the Healesville Solar Farm!

Local community production & distribution of solar energy; community owned energy supply company; virtual micro grids sharing community energy! Healesville solar farm and Coldstream biochar; funding for community revolving funds and community energy groups; sign up for solar panels and batteries and solar hot water; community energy monitoring systems and more. The Healesville Energy Revolution is Here!!  



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Making our homes more comfortable while saving money & the environment

Alan Pears AM and Glenn Newman from Enviroshop

Healesville CoRE is delighted to be able to bring you this video recording of our webinar held on 8 August 2020.

Our speakers:

Alan Pears AM

Alan is a Senior Industry Fellow RMIT and Fellow Climate & Energy College University of Melbourne. He was a former RMIT lecturer and home energy efficiency consultant. Alan was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his contribution to environmental and energy policy. He has a big picture understanding of energy usage in Australia as well as being able to share information on energy saving products for the home

Glenn Newman

Glen is a home energy efficiency expert and works at Enviroshop in Northcote, Melbourne, and at Darebin Council. He is a great source of information on all things to do with home energy efficiency and is familiar with all the latest home energy efficiency products, many of which are available through Enviroshop.

The Webinar:

The webinar runs for around 1.5 hours. It starts with Jeff Barlow, President of Healesville CoRE introducing the webinar and the speakers (10 minutes). Jeff is followed by Alan Pears (30 minutes) and then Glenn Newman (30 minutes) with a 20 minute Q&A after Glenn.

Download Alan Pears’s presentation in PDF format here

Download Glenn Newman’s Enviroshop presentation in PDF format here


Follow Up Assistance:

If you would like further information on the products Glenn refers to, then click here for the Enviroshop link with a list of their products which you can purchase.

If you would like further information on Healesville CoRE’s latest offers of solar panels and batteries and solar hot water systems (heat pumps and evacuated tubes) then go to the Community Solar Offers tab on our website.

We hope you enjoy this webinar and we look forward to your company at our other events.

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View the Solar Hot Water Bulk Buy 2020 webinar

This is a video of Healesville CoRE’s first ever Webinar held on 23 June 2020!

We wanted to continue with our work for the Healesville and broader community despite the lockdown due to Covid-19.

The video features Glen Morris, our local solar energy guru talking about solar energy and solar hot water, followed by Chris Spencer from Reclaim Energy, speaking about the Reclaim Energy heat pump and the 2020 Healesville CoRE Community Hot Water Offer (Heat Pumps). Healesville CoRE’s President, Jeff Barlow, introduces the webinar and provides further information at the end.

We hope you find this, our first webinar, interesting and engaging.

For further information about our 2020 Community Solar Hot Water Offer please click here to find out how you can save money on your power bills and reduce the carbon footprint of your house. And don’t forget the no obligation Expression of Interest for a personal phone call about your hot water energy needs.


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