SHASA is a not for profit community group established to promote sustainability and solar power on the NSW South Coast
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April 2021 News

Next SHASA Meeting

Tuesday 13th April 10.30 am - 12:30 pm  (meeting is on ZOOM)
If you haven't already got the link please email and we will send it to you.

Upcoming Community Events
  • Sat 8 May - Climate Solutions 4 Eurobodalla: A community-led forum that will help develop practical steps and actions for the Eurobodalla.
  • Sat 22 May - The Fires Changed Everything - A conference to be co-hosted by the Nature Conservation Council NSW, SHASA, and Coastwatchers. More information on great speakers and workshops to come.

SHASA Electric Vehicle Marketing

Keep an eye out for the eye-catching white Nissan LEAF (electric vehicle) as it quietly scoots around the Eurobodalla. SHASA now has messaging about the benefits of EVs, the SHASA logo, and magnets promoting two of our business partners MESA and The Tec Exec. We are developing magnets to promote SHASA’s other business partner, Moruya Bicycles and the SHASA Repair Cafe.  

MESA is now offering a Smart Mover Package under the SHASA/MESA bulk buy partnership which is compatible with any EV.  Read more here.

SHASA Tuross Head Easter stall 

SHASA will be running a stall from 8 am – 2 pm at the Tuross Head Easter Market stall on Monday 5 April. The Market is being held in the park next to the main shops in Tuross Head. Come along and learn more about SHASA activities or help us at the stall. Contact Kathryn on 0467 558 645.

Stuart Absalom and Kathryn Maxwell went to Parliament House in Canberra recently to help promote Indi MP Helen's Haines' Australian Lower Power Authority bill that would result in nearly $500m to support community energy projects across regional Australia. It would enable SHASA to build small-scale solar farms in the Eurobodalla and facilitate local businesses and households to invest in and receive financial benefits from community energy projects.

Helen Haines confirmed this week that the powerful House Standing Committee agreed to inquire into her bill to support the development of locally-owned renewable energy projects in Regional Australia.

A few years ago the Narooma Anglican Church's Monty's Cafe installed a rooftop solar system free of charge through the SHASA/MESA partnership.  Following lengthy blackouts after the black summer bushfires, the Mt Dromedary Parish of the Uniting Church and Monty's Place decided they needed a generator to safeguard food supplies and enable both organisations to better support their community in an emergency.

MESA offered a gas-powered generator with auto-start and change over for Monty’s Narooma. The compact unit offers a more cost-effective, cleaner & quieter alternative than its diesel counterpart. 

$10,000 was raised via a grant from the Uniting/Target Bushfire appeal, significant donations were made by individuals in the Uniting Church and the SHASA/MESA partnership donated $2850.00.


David Sleightholme from Relectrify presented to SHASA members on Relectrify's cell-level control technology that makes battery systems better. This involves taking 18 second-hand NISSAN leaf car batteries and repurposing them into a complete 120 kWh battery storage product. These cost 30% less than new battery storage of that size and extend the life of used EV batteries. This hub storage solution provides a turnkey application for mini and microgrid storage.  SHASA is particularly interested in Relectrify as it potentially offers a holistic solution for community mini-grid applications. High energy users such as dairies could also benefit from the technology.
The gathering was kindly hosted by Stephen and Lisa Cornthwaite from MESA.  
For further information contact or

Victoria's $3.3m for Community Regional Power Hubs

The Victorian Government will fund up to six community organisations to form and operate Community Power Hubs in their region of Victoria. The program aims to increase access to, and involvement in community renewable energy throughout Victoria. One Community Power Hub will also be established in metropolitan Melbourne

This program includes the establishment and operation of a Community Power Hub and the delivery of implementation-ready community energy projects that have approved the feasibility and/or business cases.  SHASA will enviously look on and learn from this great State and Local government initiative.

Catch Smart Relay

MESA is now offering the new Catch Solar Relay.  This device offers full control overloads that require intelligent timing such as Heat Pumps, pool, spa & irrigation pumps. Its a very flexible device that can shift the timing of some of the largest loads within the household to be turned on when there is enough solar energy available, and switch off when the excess solar is no longer available; a great way to use your excess energy instead of sending it back to the Grid. The device also works as a smart timer for loads even if you don't have solar! 

Other MESA News 

  • A smart EV charge point bulk buy roll out coinciding with the purchase of a new EV for SHASA
  • PV panel efficiency improvements bringing the base price Longi Panel size to 370Wpk
  • The application and trial of a gas-powered generator with auto start & change over at Monty’s Narooma. The Generac product offers a cost-effective, clean emergency no-fuss power generator back-up solution for applications up to 20kVA.

Climate Emergency: Take Action Now

CANsign is a not-for-profit organisation borne out of the Black Summer Bushfires. Many people on the NSW coastline started painting their fences with “We Want Climate Action” signs.  CANsign now provides quality signs to support the campaign. This has spread to entire towns and villages in NSW and is now available nationally.  

Why not fill your town or street with these attractive yellow signs and make clear statements to those in power we need urgent change?

Get your sign and join the CANsign campaign now!

SHASA Repair Cafe Fri 9 am – 12 noon

At Red Door Hall, off Page St

Bring along your broken items and find out if they are repairable. You will be amazed at what can be fixed!

The Tec Exec is on hand at the Repair Cafe every Friday to assist you with any challenges you are having with your mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.  Do you want to learn how to manage your apps, with ISP provider is best for you, any NBN problems, how to manage your settings, what software is best for you, IT security.  Trish, Jack, and Luke will be more than happy to help you.

For information call Deb Stevenson on 0417 835 169 or email

SHASA Solar bulk buy

To find out more about the SHASA Solar Bulk buy call Lisa from MESA (0410 790 616). Or download the Solar Bulk buy flyer here.

Get involved with SHASA

Annual membership of SHASA is $5. You can pay here using Paypal or a credit card. And if you are feeling generous you can also donate.

Join SHASA and help our community improve sustainability and increase renewable energy in the Eurobodalla
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