Bringing renewable energy to Newstead

Renewable Newstead aims to generate solar power to supply the local community by 2022.

A planning application to build a small-scale solar farm near Newstead is currently open for comment, review and objections. View the Planning Application here.

The committee is currently seeking retail, solar farm (finance and EPC) and demand management partners to build up to 9MW* solar farm, with a minimum 2MW allocated to the Newstead community. View the EOI document here.

View team bios here.

Why Renewable Newstead?

Lower your electricity bills

Our new model keeps you connected to the grid for supply security and allows you to use more electricity without paying more to get it to you. 

Reduce your carbon footprint

Generating as much clean electricity as is consumed each year, the solar farm reduces Newstead’s annual CO2-equivalent emissions by about 3000 tonnes.

We are planning a solar farm near Newstead that can generate up to 10MW. It will be able to power all premises (homes) in our area.

The model

The Newstead solar farm will feed electricity into the grid and then to Newstead homes.

It will be billed by a retailer offering an electricity price that includes distribution costs charged at $1/day rather than by the kWh.

Currently, grid energy to Newstead homes (some with solar panels) is billed by various retailers charging different tariffs.

“I believe that renewables must be a major part of our energy budget if our species is to survive. The time to implement is now, while we still have some non-renewables left to do it with. And why Newstead? Well, why not?

Denis Miller

Our vision

Newstead is strongly connected with its surrounding districts and has a proven record of initiating and completing projects for our area’s betterment.

Our vision for this project is to run our community on locally generated, reliable and affordable renewable energy, that’s available to all.

Core principles:

  • be opt in
  • do no harm
  • deliver community benefits
  • be grid-connected

News & Project Updates

Come & Chat

Project update – Zoom meeting Thursday, Sept 10. 7:25pm for a 7:30pm start Renewable Newstead is inviting the local communityRead More

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