David Marston is the Chair of Energise Gloucester. This is an organisation that seeks to empower the community to develop and run its own locally controlled, environmentally responsible, and financially successful renewable energy program. David brings to this position skills in project development and management together with experience in the solar, wind and biogas technologies.
David has formal training in agriculture, natural resource management, community development and program management. For 45 years he has operated in senior public and private sector positions involved in Landcare, catchment management and village development. A specialty is integrated soil, water and vegetation management for sustainable production; in Australia and internationally. With his wife, they operate a small beef farm, a large garden and are self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables (and in total electricity usage).
WORKSHOP: Community Owned Renewable Energy – Big or Small?
Big or small Community Energy is taking the power back for communities all over Australia – come and find out what size fits your community. Join David Marston, Chair of Energise Gloucester and Svea Pitman from Enova Community Energy to discuss Community Owned Renewable Energy models, innovative projects such as Solar Gardens and Micro Grids, and how to undertake a large scale solar development application.
Find out about the history and projects of Enova, Australia’s first community owned renewable energy company, a social enterprise re-shaping community energy in the evolving electricity market in Australia.
WORKSHOP: Telling the good news stories of the energy transition
At this workshop, you will hear stories of the transition to clean energy that is being led by communities across Australia. It’s happening right now and it’s exciting! Through this workshop you will gain skills, information and confidence to be an ambassador of this good news story, to help inspire more people to hope and action.
The workshop is led by the Community Power Agency, a not for profit organisation that supports communities to participate in and benefit from renewable energy. They are joined by members of Energize Gloucester (Gloucester’s own community energy powerhouse) and Enova (Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer).