Smart Energy Expo 2011

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The 4th Annual Smart Energy Expo Newcastle is on again Sat 19th & Sun 20th March at Newcastle City Hall.

Along with a Guest Speakers Program, Climate Action Newcastle is hosting the Newcastle Candidates Forum: Climate Solutions for NSW less than one week out from the NSW State Election.

The Newcastle Candidates Forum will be held from 11am-1pm on Sunday 20th March at Newcastle City Hall.

Speakers Program

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Smart Energy Expo 2008


Climate Action Newcastle hosted it’s second ‘Smart Energy Expo’ over the 29th-30th November weekend in 2008, at the landmark heritage ‘Boilershop’ building in the heart of Newcastle.

This year the event ran for two days, attracted 7,000 people and we had 35 stallholders showcasing renewable energy and related technologies for the home and office, as well as stalls from community groups (including Rising Tide, ourselves, Lake Macquarie Climate Action, Trees in Newcastle, Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre), CSIRO, state and local government.

The Expo will included displays, stalls and expert advice on

  • Solar & heat pump hot water providers
  • Insulation suppliers
  • Electric bicycles
  • Renewable energy systems (wind & solar)
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Government representatives
  • Smart lighting options
  • Sustainable building options 

A highlight of the event was the keynote address by Philip Sutton, co-author of Climate Code Red, who held a large crowd for far longer than the average Sunday morning attention span, and had a queue of people afterwards wanting to talk to him and buy all the copies of Climate Code Red that he’d brought! A big thanks to Philip for being our guest speaker this year.

A small group of CAN members had been organising the expo since early this year, and their hard work paid off with a crowd of about 7,000 people (including families – it was fantastic to see the number of families! As well as young urban professionals and baby boomers with a genuine interest to learn about and to invest in solar hot water, solar panels, micro wind turbines, water tanks, insulation, LED lighting and more).

We had help this year through community grants and sponsorships (nothing at all to do with coal, just to reassure you) which funded television and newspaper advertising, as well as printing. It was a hectic week and weekend, but well worth it as it really put smart energy technologies in the minds and hands of so many ‘ordinary’ Novocastrians.

The climate emergency message was also at the forefront of the weekend – our team of volunteers at the CAN stalls and on the microphone made sure of that.


Smart Energy Expo 2012

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The 5th Annual Smart Energy Expo Newcastle 2012 is on Saturday 31st March & Sunday 1st April. 

The Smart Energy Expo Newcastle has become the premiere event in the region showcasing a wide range of products, services, and activities for us all to combat climate change and transition our communities to a truly renewably energy future.

At this year's Expo from 10am to 4pm you will find solutions for all of those projects you’ve been putting off around the home like solar hot water, insulation, smart lighting solutions, composting & worm farming, native plant gardening, as well as renewable energy solutions for your home.

Also on hand will be a range of electric bicycles, advice on sustainable building design, eco magic shows, roving performers, an expert speakers programand much more.

Climate Action Newcastle are proud to host this community event at the Exhibition Centre, Newcastle Entertainement Centre.

So come along and find out how you and your community can Get Smart about Energy.

Smart Energy Expo 2009

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The third annual Smart Energy Expo Newcastle, hosted by grassroots community group Climate Action Newcastle (CAN), is on again! The Expo will be held at Newcastle City Hall and Wheeler Place on the 7-8th November, from 9am to 4pm each day.

Smart Energy Expo Newcastle 2009 is a two day event highlighting the latest technologies available and in development to achieve a clean energy and low carbon future, for the home, our region and the world.

It’s your one-stop shop for the latest in renewable energy and sustainable living.

More than 25 exhibitors will be showcased at this year’s Expo, including:

  • Solar electricity systems
  • Solar and heat pump hot water systems
  • Micro wind turbines
  • Energy-smart building design and materials
  • LED lighting technologies
  • A range of energy efficient products for your home
  • Advice on government rebates and local Council initiatives
  • Water tanks
  • Bicycles
  • Native plants

There is also a kids’ activities space, and a speakers’ forum from 10.30am to 3.30pm on both days, with an extensive list of expert speakers from various disciplines.

Walking the Talk

EXPO 065Of course, there’s not much point having solar panels on your roof if you have a metre wide plasma TV or run a pool heater pump for eight hours a day. Climate change is happening now, much faster than previously predicted, and the global need for action has moved far beyond people changing their light globes.

Talk to Climate Action Newcastle volunteers at the Expo about the many ways you can get involved to help avert a global climate emergency.

Climate Action Newcastle was established in August 2006 as a local response to the global threat of climate change. Climate Action Newcastle currently has over 60 members, and 700 supporters who subscribe to our monthly newsletter. CAN’s mission statement is “to secure a clean energy/low carbon future for the Hunter to contribute to a sustainable future for all.”

Smart Energy Expo Speakers' Forum

The speakers' forum will be held in The Newcastle Room, on the ground floor of Newcastle City Hall. 

Speakers at this year's forum include: 

  • Scott Barrett (Solar Shop Australia) on solar electricity systems
  • Howard Morrison (sustainable owner-builder) on the zero carbon house, distributed energy and energy transitioning
  • Glenn Platt (CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship Newcastle) on smart grids & alternative energy
  • Jarra Hicks (The University of Newcastle) on local responses to climate change and using the diverse economy to meet energy needs
  • Mark Brown/Kate Beveridge (Purple Pear Organics) on community supported agriculture and permaculture
  • William Vorobioff (Transition Town Newcastle) on Peak Oil and the Transition Towns movement
  • David Wood/Paul Peterson (Aerogenesis) on wind turbine technologies
  • Nikki Brown (co-author ‘Cycling Outback Australia’) on sustainable holidays and guilt free travel
  • Greg Chrismas (Huff & Puff straw bale constructions) on sustainable building
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