Southern New England Landcare to discuss renewable energy at Member Muster.

Farm-based renewable energy will the topic at a seminar with three guest speakers in Armidale next week.

Southern New England Landcare has secured the speakers for it’s quarterly Member Muster on August 15.

“Several of our members indicated that farm-based renewable energy was an important but somewhat frustrating topic to them,” said Karen Zirkler, Executive Officer with Southern New England Landcare.

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Jeff Foster, a semi-retired grazier from between Brewarrina and Walgett who has recently settled near Bingara will speak at the event.

“Our decision to go completely off-grid was purely financial. It was going to cost us over $100,000 to go on the grid,” said Mr Foster.

Landholder from the Walcha area, Damien Timbs, has recently gone 'off grid' and will also share his story and experiences on the night.

But it’s landholders who, some years ago, installed solar power when the feed-in tariff was sufficient to pay off the cost of the system in a relatively short period of time, who may find some answers to their frustrations at the event.

“Now that feed-in tariffs are significantly lower, these landholders have been left with what they’re calling ‘big, fat, lazy systems’, and they’re wondering if and when new technology can solve these frustrations and benefit their bottom line,” said Karen Zirkler, Executive Officer at Southern New England Landcare.

“Our third speaker on the night will be Brett Martin from Eco Energy & Solar Solutions, who specialises in helping landholders solve these kinds of issues, and guests will be treated to a panel discussion,” said Karen.

All members and friends of Southern New England Landcare welcome. More information and RSVPs (essential for catering please) at