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


We hope you had a restful and enjoyable time over the Christmas and New Year break. 

February SHASA Meeting (on ZOOM)

Tuesday 9th February 10.30 am - 12:30 pm 
If you haven't already got the link please email and we will send it to you.

Making the Shift to Electric Vehicles

To help make the shift SHASA/MESA is offering a new product the EO MiniPro Smart EV Charge point.

  • Charging Speed: 7kW Single Phase 32Amp (40km of driving per hour of charge)
  • Plug Types Universal socket, Type 1 or Type 2 Tethered (Model dependent)
  • Solar Charging to maximise clean energy consumption
  • Dimensions 175mm x 125mm x 95mm
  • Indoor and Outdoor Rated [IP66]
  • Integrated DC Fault detection
  • Overload integrated protection
  • Free Smart Phone APP
  • Energy Metering & EV Tariff Integration
  • Warranty - 3 Year replacement.  
  • 1 Solar CT, 20m of RS485 Data Cable included for installation
  • Requires a Wi-fi connection or ethernet.
  • Meets Australian Standards [AS3000]

Compatible with all Type 2 electric vehicles and models including but not limited to: Audi, BMW, BYD, EQC, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Nissan 2019 +, Polestar, Renault, Rivian, TESLA, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo.

Supplied, Installed, and fully commissioned to turnkey status; free site appraisal and fixed quotation available on request.
Please contact MESA on 0410 790 616 for further info.

Joe Biden, US President, leads on climate change and the environment

“It is, therefore, the policy of my Administration to listen to the science; to improve public health and protect our environment; to ensure access to clean air and water; to limit exposure to dangerous chemicals and pesticides; to hold polluters accountable, including those who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities; to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to bolster resilience to the impacts of climate change; to restore and expand our national treasures and monuments; and to prioritize both environmental justice and the creation of the well-paying union jobs necessary to deliver on these goals”.

Building back better after the bushfires

As part of SHASA's goal of achieving a more resilient Eurobodalla, we have provided the Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Newsletter with information on how to build back better.

SHASA has undertaken many energy audits of houses and businesses (including the Banksia Village and Bateman’s Bay Historical Society) in the Eurobodalla over the last four years.  Sadly many of the houses are very hot in summer and cold in winter resulting in high levels of discomfort and very high electricity bills.  

SHASA is keen for people who lost their houses in the bushfires to build back better.  SHASA has prepared a list of seventeen measures to make houses more comfortable and cheaper to run both as new builds and retrofits.  

Importantly these measures assist with ensuring that your house is much more comfortable during heatwaves.  With global warming, we are seeing heatwaves more frequently in the Eurobodalla.  More people die from heat waves than from any other weather event including floods and bushfires.  

If budgets are tight forgo a bigger house and build a more modest comfortable house with low running costs.

For more information on how to build for future climatic conditions please go to the SHASA website

Solar goes gangbusters in 2020

Stephen from MESA checking out a recent install

In a recent Sydney Morning Herald article, the Clean Energy Regulator chairman, David Parker commented that Australia’s solar power capacity grew 33 percent to 20 gigawatts, from 15 gigawatts in 2019.  Of the 5 gigawatts of new solar capacity added last year, 3 gigawatts were rooftop and 2 gigawatts were large-scale, such as solar farms. 

“The pandemic had an overall positive impact for the industry as people staying home more turned to solar to help reduce their electricity bills,” he said.  Increased power use due to working from home during the lockdown made the economics of home installation more attractive.

In most capital cities, the payback for a 6.5-kilowatt system is about four years, but with working from home that’s about three years.  That’s because you can better match your daytime power production with your daytime power demand when you work from home.”

Microgrid Feasibility Study

Thank you to those who signed SHASA's petition with MESA to apply for funding to undertake a feasibility study into 8 Microgrids across the Eurobodalla.  This was a huge effort and a big thanks to MESA as well in circulating the petition widely resulting in 846 people signing their support in only 5 days.  We also had a huge response to our request for support letters from 5 Chambers of Commerce, 17 Community Organizations, and 8 Businesses.  This overwhelming support is very much appreciated and demonstrates the strong appetite to improve our electricity reliability and resilience across the Eurobodalla.  Fingers crossed.  We hope to hear the outcome of the application in a couple of months. 

Digital skills training is now available for SHASA members and other community groups. A local business, The Tec Exec is offering this training in various modalities including face-to-face and Zoom. The Tec Exec will also have a table at the Repair Cafe to help anyone with their questions about all things digital.  For example, how to use your phone, tablet, laptop, and/or computers more effectively.  Contact Louise McFadden for more details on 0490 518 452.

The SHASA Repair Cafe opens again next Friday 5th February, 9 am – 12 noon

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

The Repair Cafe operates at the Red Door Hall, St Johns Church, Page Street, Moruya.  More information is available from Deb Stevenson on 0417 835 169 or email

SHASA/MESA Solar bulk buy

To find our more about the Solar Bulk buy call Lisa from MESA (0410 790 616) for more info. Or you can download the Solar Bulk buy flyer here.

Get involved with SHASA

Annual membership of SHASA is $5. About the same as a cup of coffee. 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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