Fire! Harvesting from the Sun

Alternative Energy Public Forum

A Stellar Speaker Lineup!

Presented by the Bellingen Shire Electricity Alliance (BSEA), the forum hosts five speakers from all different walks of life who will present on intriguingly diverse topics.

The event is free and starts at 1.30pm at the Bellingen Memorial Hall. The event is made possible by a grant from Inspiring Australia, an Australian Government Initiative helping to bring science to where the action and the people are.

Paul Bryce

Paul Bryce was the founding Associate Director and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Futures, a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, and the Head of the Renewable Energy Laboratory in the University of Technology Sydney. For his work, Paul has received a Certificate of Voluntary Service for Peace from the Australian Government, a National Achievement Award from the Solomon Is. Government.

Keri Philips

Keri Philips, an Environmental Psychologist, researches the psychology of sustainability, exploring the question, ‘Public Support for Renewable Energy: Do Values Matter?’ This project investigates the degree to which different human values sway public support for renewable energy in Australia. Potentially, the findings will inform future policy and public communication design.

Kersten Schmidt

Kersten Schmidt is a renewable energy pioneer and has worked on many landmark wind, solar, battery and diesel power system projects, from Arnhem Land to Alaska to Alice Springs to Antarctica. An Engineer and Project Manager, Kersten is the director of Bellingen based, national consulting company Enesol who are assisting a diverse range of clients with the implementation of innovative modern energy solutions.

Arne Hansen

Arne Hansen, a Sustainability Consultant, who works with property owners to optimise and increase efficiency of building stocks, using big data analytics, internet of things (IoT) sensors, utility bills and other cost and emissions sources.

Tricia Helyar

Tricia Helyar, Architect, is passionate about the importance of sustainability being integrated into good design. She believes the most sustainable design is a well constructed building with a long life span, using passive and active components, within budgetary constraints.

Sharon Smith

Aunty Shaa is a Gumbaynggirr elder, artist, story keeper and a teacher of culture and language. With over 20 years of working with schools, community groups and running workshops, Aunty Shaa is able to share the wisdom of ancient Gumbaynggirr dreaming and help others to experience a story and find their place in it; through that connection they connect with the spirit of the country.

Cr. Jennie Fenton

Cr. Jennie Fenton is a scientist, disability advocate, parent, carer, student, masseuse, and a very active part of the community. She was awarded the Community Service Award on Australia Day in 2016 for her commitment to sustainability, social inclusion, community childcare, local festivals, community gardens, and refugees.

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