BREAZE has submitted an application to the New Energy Jobs Fund for the Bio-energy Briquette Supply Chain project.  This project will prepare a business case for a briquette supply chain, based in the Ballarat area, that uses waste wood & sawdust to make briquettes and subsequently uses those briquettes for commercial and industrial processes.  The application is for $71,140 which will be match with a $69,840 in-kind contribution from project partners, BREAZE, BRI, PINARC and Federation University.  BREAZE is also contributing $2,500 in cash to the project.

The key objectives of this project are to

  • design systems for the transport, manufacture and distribution of briquettes and their associated feed stock;
  • establish fixed & variable costs, as well as break even points & sell prices, for briquettes;
  • demonstrate how existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can be converted to run on briquettes;
  • clarify labour inputs associated with these processes and the extent of new job creation
  • facilitate knowledge sharing of the findings.

We are currently looking at several other oppurtunities.    If you woulkd like to help in this process please let us know.

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In recent weeks BREAZE has been highly active with so many sustainability events, media opportunities and projects being planned. Last week ABC Regional Radio sought BREAZE's views on the changes to the domestic solar feed in tariff announced by the Essential Services Commission which come into effect on 1/7/17. This was a great opportunity to promote BREAZE's objectives of transitioning Ballarat to 100% renewable energy. Our members were active at the Smart Building and Living Expo providing advice and assistance to many visitors.

Read more: President's March Message

Althea OliverAlthea Oliver and her husband Robert volunteer once a month for a couple of hours at the Ballarat Farmers Market run by BREAZE. They are so dedicated to helping out that they plan their holidays around the 4th Saturday in the month, so they don’t miss their turn!

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with Althea

Read more: Getting to know - Althea

TarnK As many of you wold know, volunteers are essential for so many activities and services across our community and likewise Breaze relies on volunteers. Breaze members volunteer for a range of activities including: organising sustainable living information and events throughout the year; advocating about climate change; keeping membership records up to date; developing and maintaining the website; writing and publicising Fact Sheets; helping out at the Farmers market; and of course participating on the Breaze Board.

We value and appreciate all our volunteers and would like to start a regular feature for the newsletter and website to highlight some of our volunteers. Stay tuned and look out for articles on volunteers starting in February/March and remember if you wold like to become more involved give us a hoy!

Tarn
Vice President Breaze

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Breaze logo with words              Event Manager (Contractor) Expressions of Interest

 

 

Role Objective

A panel of contractors is required by Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) to provide event management services over next 2 years. BREAZE plans to run multiple events within the Ballarat Region which will require contractors to assist in the planning, marketing, sourcing content and support, coordination of volunteers and on ground supervision at the events. The objective is to have sufficient contract resources available to perform these roles in collaboration with the BREAZE Board.

Read more: Event Manager

Breaze logo with words              Project Manager (Contractor) Expressions of Interest

 

 

Role Objective

A panel of contractors is required by Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions BREAZE Inc. to provide project management services over the next 2 years. Subject to successful application, BREAZE plans to be running a number of projects within the Ballarat Region which will require contractors to assist in the planning, sourcing suitable partners, refinement of business cases and procurement of renewable energy installations. The objective is to have sufficient contract resources available to perform these roles in collaboration with the BREAZE Board throughout the year for multiple projects.

Read more: Project Manager

Breaze logo with words             Market Coordinator (Contractor) Role Description

 

 

Role Objective

The contractor is required to provide on market days a coordination role in managing customer service, volunteer coordination, demonstrations, produce hamper raffle and support to the Market Manager.

Read more: Market Coordinator

BREAZE can trace it's beginnings to a Walk Against Warming that happened in November of 2006.

By 2007, BREAZE was an incorporated body, with a plethora of excited, active and dedicated volunteers, and the sustainability trail was blazed across Central Victoria.  So much renewable energy in the form of Solar hot water and Solar Electricity is now gracing the roofs of Ballarat and Surrounds!

Congratulations to all the volunteers and board members who have got BREAZE to 2017.  Our current projects are Social Solar, Ballarat Farmers Market, Smart Living Ballarat, with Ballarat Energy Solutions,  and even more to come.

Enjoy the photo display showing some old images - what a lot of achievements!  Click on one to start the gallery. Thanks to Mel Stanger for so many icon images to remember what was dreamed and made true.

Sunday February 26th at Buninyong.2017 SBAL Expo post card

BREAZE will be at the Expo in 2017, running our "Ask an Expert" sessions, and BREAZE Energy Solutions will be there to answer all your questions about solar power and energy efficiency.

The Expo is about sustainable Building, and sustainable Living, with a focus on Electric Vehicles (EV) - it is part of the Australia wide Sustainable Living Festival that runs in February each year.

Read more: Smart Building and Living Expo