Meet Grampians CPH Project Manager, Sowmya Nargaraj

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BREAZE Inc. is delighted to have Sowmya Nargaraj on board as  Project Manager of the Grampians Community Power Hub. Sowmya, who has Masters in Engineering (Sustainable Energy) RMIT, previously worked as a coordinator for the Victorian Healthy Homes program, helping to make homes more energy efficient and cutting GHG emissions. She brings both expertise and experience in the renewable energy sector to the G-CPH team. As she explains below, her passion for climate action goes back to her childhood:

"Since being a little girl, I’ve seen the environment around me change very drastically and have experienced a feeling of helplessness surround me when I first learnt about climate change and how our activities are contributing majorly to the deterioration of the planet. 

The lack of Climate Crisis awareness and Energy Equity in the Australian community has become even more evident while delivering the Victorian Healthy Homes Project at AEF. Bridging these gaps by bringing awareness and investigating opportunities to address them has been a goal of mine as I strongly believe that they can become a reality when everyone works together to have a cleaner and greener environment to live in.

When I came across this opportunity, I was very keen to express my interest in the role as I believe that I would be able to actively contribute to our communities becoming more resilient and further equipped to tackle the Climate issues. "

As an Engineer in Sustainable Energy, Sowmya brings valuable technical know how and will be undertaking feasibility studies for the G-CPH as well as assisting in the earlier stages of assessing the viability of projects identified in the community engagement process. 

Having Sowmya on board as Project Manager means more time for community engagement for the team of BREAZE volunteers, which includes, Peter Boadle, Paul Duggan, Mary Debrett plus mentorship from the 2017-2020 Ballarat CPH Project Control Group, also hosted by BREAZE,  Peter Reid, Ian Rossiter and Ross Irving.

Sowmya and the BREAZE team will also be assisted by a newly appointed part-time Communications and Administration Officer.

IMG 0442Already known to many in Ballarat as the Host of BREAZE's Smart Living Ballarat Talks program, the Hub's newly appointed Communications and Administrative Officer, Sam Rodgers, has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Sustainability Management) and is also accomplished in media/communications and events coordination. Sam previously held the position of Sustainability Officer, with Wyndham City Council and is a terrific asset to the G-CPH team.