Last year more than 1500 attended the World Environment Day Festival at Knox Park, Murwillumbah.
Last year more than 1500 attended the World Environment Day Festival at Knox Park, Murwillumbah. Contributed

World Environment Day M’bah gives power to the people

THE Northern Rivers is set to be home to Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer and one of its founders will be a key speaker at World Environment Day celebrations in Murwillumbah.

Enova Energy chief executive officer Steve Harris will tell the ground-breaking public company’s story at the 2016 World Environment Day festival hosted by the Caldera Environment Centre alongside Tweed Shire Council at Knox Park on June 5.

Enova conducted a successful community campaign late last year to raise funds for the venture and is now close to taking on its first customers.

Mr Harris said currently Enova was preparing a call for expressions of interest from the community and other organisations to build local renewable generation facilities.

World Environment Day Festival organiser Ari Ehrlich said it was exciting to have Enova’s CEO as a key speaker.

“The Northern Rivers has one of Australia’s highest uptakes of home solar power systems, with more than 5000 Tweed households preparing for the end of the 60 cent solar feed-in tariff at the end of the year,” he said.

“And we’re home to the Tyalgum Energy Project to take Tyalgum off the grid.”

Council will conduct a series of workshops at the festival, giving people a chance to roll up their sleeves and get practical experience in sustainably.

The annual celebration also features entertainers Gabriel and Cecilia, the Andrea Kirwin Band and the Pitts Family Circus.

Details about the festival are available at caldera- environmentcentre.org.



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