Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association




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October 23, 730pm, Emerald Library. Kate Greenwood

on the ATA's East Timor solar project


Kate Greenwood joined the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) as International Projects Manager in January 2016. She has worked in international community development for over 10 years.


Kate has a keen interest in working with counterparts in developing countries to harness local experience and skills development. She is committed to continuous improvement of projects, through monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives.


East Timor is one of Australia’s closest neighbours. Much of it is mountainous country with poor infrastructure and a lack of basic services. 35% of homes have no light source after dark. The ATA has been working in East Timor since 2003 and has to date installed 1775 household solar systems, benefitting over 12,000 people in rural areas.


The ATA’s Village Lighting Scheme provides solar-powered lighting and electricity to off-grid houses. Local technicians are trained in each village to install and maintain the systems. The project is unique in the context of aid delivery in East Timor as it is precluded by a community ownership and maintenance agreement, and delivered through a user pays system, to ensure long term sustainability.


The project provides direct, tangible benefits in health, education, security and economic wellbeing for household members; employment of local technicians; and upskilling of local committee members.


The project prioritises long-term partnerships with East Timorese organisations and fosters local industry. With investment in monitoring and evaluation, the project shares its learning with the Government of East Timor and organisations working in other developing countries.


Emerald Going Solar

Emerald began 'going solar' in February 2008, when DRREA teamed up with Emerald Primary School. A 4 KW PV system on the Primary School was the result.

There are now solar power systems on 6 community buildings in Emerald and three commercial buildings (including one with battery storage as backup).

According to government statistics there are 303 solar PV systems in the Emerald post code area.

The aim of 'Emerald Going Solar' is to make Emerald a showcase of renewable energy. Installations are ongoing.

Solar Citizens

DRREA is a supporter of the solar citizens campaign that is being run by 100percent.org.au

To become a Solar Citizen you just need to be a supporter of solar power or renewable energy. The more people that join the stronger our voice.

To sign up, go to www.solarcitizens.org.au