A big week for Manilla Solar Project

This week was a huge for the Manilla Solar Project.

Our president Emma, her daughter Jules, along with Providence Asset Group CEO Henry Sun and Chief Technical Officer Llewellyn Owens, and representatives from the University of New South Wales were invited to meet with Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean, as he announced a $3.5 Million grant for the Manilla Solar Project, for an innovative hydrogen battery storage system. The battery was developed by UNSW and H2Store.

It will allow our project to store solar energy for up to six hours!

No wonder we are all smiling!

A wonderful week for Manilla, the community and the environment.
It shows that people who work together for a common goal can achieve anything!
Many thanks go to our dedicated committee, and our partners at Providence Asset Group, and the NSW Govt Regional Community Energy Fund.

The project is having a stall at the Manilla Show this Saturday.  We are celebrating the announcement with local member Kevin Anderson at around 2pm. We invite you all to come and say g’day and share the joy of this fantastic news.

We will be on hand to answer any questions about the project, the battery, power purchasing and community investment.

Our monthly progress meeting is on Monday 15th March at the Royal Hotel Manilla.
We welcome you all to attend to learn how the project is progressing.  Please feel free to share with interested friends and family.

We hope to see you in the near future.

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Australia Council for the Arts In Tamworth

On Friday 14th February, our president Emma was invited by the Arts Council of Australia to speak at the Tamworth Regional Gallery as part of the Arts Leaders Program – 3 Day Residential Program.

The gallery hosted a Leadership Exchange, on the topic of “Climate Change, Activism and Arts Leadership”.  Emma was honored to speak alongside Joseph Sikulu, Climate Change Advocate, 350 Pacific and performance artist Latai Taumoepeau. Each speaker focused on local, national and international challenges in the wicked problem of climate change, and how to not only navigate but lead through the uncertainty.

The event attracted over 80 people who participated in a learning exchange, where conversation and discussion were used to formulate consensus and better understanding of what could (and can) change (and improve), human understanding (and behaviour) in the face of grief, loss and uncertainty caused by climate change.

Manilla Solar Project- Exciting Announcement! 16th December 5.30pm

This Manilla Solar Project will construct 4.8 mega watt solar farm, 3km outside of Manilla. It is a joint venture between the Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. and Providence Asset group.
We share the vision of sustainable regional development and transitioning to a clean energy future.
Come along to the Royal Hotel, Manilla, from 5.30 on the 16th December to learn more about the project and how you might be involved.

All are welcome to attend this event and hear more about our exciting news.

MCRE President invited to speak at the launch of the Smart Future Research Centre.

Emma Stilts was invited to speak about the Manilla Solar Project, by our project partners Providence Asset Group – to show how the Manilla Solar Project can benefit regional NSW, as part of the Smart Future Research Centre.

The Smart Future Research Centre (SFRC)  is a new joint venture combining University research strengths with a leading investment and asset management firm. University of Technology Sydney and the Providence Asset Group (Providence) have signed an agreement to collaborate on joint research projects and initiatives.

As part of this collaboration, the Manilla Solar Project will benefit from being part of industry leading technology and research.

The vision is for a world-class research centre delivering innovation to transform the energy and resources sector, promote Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought-after destination for investment, and the leading source of knowledge and solutions to enable sustainable living, smarter cities and healthier communities.

Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. will develop the Manilla Solar Project with Providence to create be a model for future communities to follow – leading the way to clean, green energy supply; that benefits local communities by providing cheaper clean electricity to purchase, opportunities to investment in local energy infrastructure and returns a percentage of profits to the community.

The energy industry in Australia is currently undergoing a shift and transition to low-carbon energy, and the Manilla Solar Project aims to be blueprint for communities in north west NSW to follow.

New developments are unlocking potential right across the energy sector, creating opportunities for those who can adapt and scale fast. There are real options to substantially decarbonise and decentralise the energy supply.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime change in the energy supply model.

As an Australian innovation-led investment firm, Providence has a focus on investment and management of renewable conventional assets to optimise the supply chain value through innovation initiatives, said CEO Henry Sun,

“Providence brings expertise around smart technologies, including renewable energy for microgrids and groundbreaking hydrogen technology for green-power storage, and is positioned to play a key role in powering smart, sustainable communities across Australia.”

Supported by Providence-dedicated clean tech, the Centre will target investments in innovative and disruptive technology to drive sustainable advances in energy production, transportation, consumption and utilisation of power, water and food to improve our environmental and economic well-being, fostering healthier and safer communities for future generations.

MCRE President at Namoi Branch CWA Annual General Meeting

Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. President Emma Stilts was delighted to speak at the Namoi Branch Annual General Meeting in Gunnedah.

Emma’s presentation touched on the highlights of the Manilla Solar Project, from its inception in 2013 up to present. At this point, the project is preparing to start construction in 2020.

The Manilla Branch of the CWA and in particular former president Michelle Eggins, were vital supporters in the project. Indeed the Manilla Branch of CWA auspiced the first Community Energy Grant, from the NSW State Govt. that the Manilla Solar Project received in 2016.

The support provided by the CWA allow aspirational community projects like the Manilla Solar Project to foster and grow. As we finalise our solar project, Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. look forward to working together with CWA to share our learnings, and provide a blue print for communities solar projects to replicate.


Renewable Manilla 100 Mile Night – A great success!!

The “Renewable Manilla 100 Mile Night” celebrations on Friday 18th October were a tremendous success. The evening was well attended with over 200 enjoying the delicious three course meal along two long tables under clear skies.

The wonderfully lit Manilla Viaduct made an impressive backdrop for the evening, which marked 20 years of local Landcare, and also informed guests of the prospective Manilla Solar Project.

Entertainment followed with music by Hunter Valley Band “Magpie Diaries” and a stirring rendition of “You’re the Voice” by the Community Choir, complete with bagpipe solo.

The success of the event is attributed to the many volunteers involved, service providers and support from the community in attendance.

Donations raised by the sausage sizzle were in aid of the CWA Drought Relief.

Manilla Community Renewable Energy inc. and Tamworth Regional Landcare Association would like to thank all involved in making the night a success;

Tamworth Landcare volunteers

Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc Volunteers

Llewellyn Owens and The Providence team

Northern Inland Regional Waste

Sustainable North West

Manilla CWA

Manilla Pony Club

The amazing Phil Spark for his nocturnal nature walk and display

Graham Davidson           Kimberley & Georgia Squires

Veronica Filby                  Anna Gregory

Brad Pilon, Felix the Piper & The Community Choir

The band “Magpie Diaries”

Kevin Mac and A1 hire  

Swan Fine Foods

Manilla Bakery

Manilla Meats

Manilla Electrical

Deva Cacao

Manilla SES

Manilla Men’s Shed

It was a magical evening, that couldn’t happen without the generous support of all involved and who attended.

Anyone interested in learning more about The Manilla Solar Project, can attend the next Community Meeting at the Royal Hotel, 6.00- 6.30pm Monday 18th November, or contact MCRE President Emma Stilts, 0407 43 55 85

Come and Party – Renewable Manilla – 100 Mile Night. Friday 18th October.


Please join us to celebrate  Renewable Manilla – 100 Mile Night, on Friday 18th October. It is an opportunity to come together, feast on fantastic local produce, celebrate 20 years of local Landcare and learn about the local solar project.

Last years event with Simon Holmes a Court was such a success, and our solar project has come along way in twelve months –  we plan to make this event bigger and better. The 100 Mile Dinner will be held in the Manilla Showgrounds, guests will enjoy three courses served on a long table in the open air.  Dinner will be catered by Swan Fine Foods, Barraba.

Canapés on arrival
Chicken with coconut, mint, zucchini and pistachio rice salad
Coffee spiced beef brisket, rainbow slaw with miso and sesame dressing
Warm baby potato’s with paprika, garlic cream + dill
Flavoured oils, balsamic and dukkah
Meringues with raspberry mascarpone and edible flowers
Creme brûlée tarts

After dinner and dessert – entertainment will include a fantastic live band and nocturnal nature walk with local Ecologist Phil Spark.
More entertainment to be confirmed including activities for the kids. Keep an eye our Facebook page for more announcements.

Tickets available online  on EventBrite

Adult ticket $40 +bf.
Children meal (under 16) $12 + bf
Buses from Tamworth available – $16 pp + bf
Tickets inclusive of bus travel available leaving from 5.15pm
Tamworth Train Station – Attunga Hotel – Manilla.

Tickets may be paid for in person by arrangement with Emma Stilts, or visiting the Tamworth Growers Markets Saturday mornings.
Kable Ave near the Playground.

Saturday 28 Sept. 8am-12.30pm
Saturday 5th October 8am – 12.30pm.

General Attendance

This is a community celebration. All are welcome!

For those not wishing to purchase the 100 Mile Dinner Ticket, we welcome you to attend and enjoy the evening. There will be sausage sizzle available with proceeds going to CWA Drought Aid.

We look forward to seeing you for a delicious and informative evening on the 18th October. If you have any questions or wish to be involved –  please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards
Emma Stilts
President Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc.
m. 0407 43 55 85

Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. with Providence Asset Group, Tamworth Regional Landcare & Sustainable North West are proud to host the Renewable Manilla 100 Mile Night.




Regional Community Energy Fund

The NSW State govt. have release a new funding opportunity that is a perfect match for the Manilla Community Solar Farm.

It is called the “Regional Community Energy Fund” and it provides grants to community energy projects that create innovative and/or dispatchable renewable energy and benefit the local community.

Our group will be making an application for funding. If successful it will greatly assist our project by meeting the grid-connection and development  costs required, as well as other legal and financial project costs.

Our project will be community owned. This funding is a giant hand-up to get to the point where are we can ask for community investment and make our solar dreams a reality.

You can read all about the Regional Community Energy Fund here.



Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. is calling for expressions of interest from landholders within 5 km of any of the Manilla electricity sub-stations for the lease of 5ha of flat, accessible land. The site will become the location of the community owned 2 KW solar farm. Lease agreement for 25 years.

Expressions of interest, with details the land involved DP and Lot Number, should sent to  Emma Stilts – emma@unconundrum.net  by 5.4.2019 (or earlier if possible)

Further information – phone 0407 43 55 85

Emma Stilts


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Renewable energy expert Simon Holmes â Court comes to Manilla 100 mile dinner.

Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc is thrilled to be hosting Simon Holmes a Court at the hundred mile dinner on the 19th of October at Molly May’s Cafe, Manilla. Mr Holmes a Court has a proven track record in renewable energy projects that benefit regional communities. Seven years ago he was the founding board member of Hepburn wind a cooperative wind farm in central Victoria.

Mr Holmes a Court is passionate about creating a transition from fossil fuels to clean it renewable energy sources. He recognises that this transition can be a opportunity for regional communities.

Emma Stilts President of Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. Says

“If regional communities get organised and develop their own community owned project not only will they benefit society by providing cheaper, safer power – they will own a solid investment that provides returns all year round. Stimulating the local economy. Having Mr Holmes â Court come and share his knowledge and experience is a great thing for our region and future renewable energy projects.”

Guests of the 100 of the Mile dinner will hear Mr Holmes â Court speak in the over the dinner in the garden of Molly May’s Cafe . Enjoying fresh local produce over a 3 course dinner with local cheeses and breads as entree, roast meats and vegetables and salads for a main and a dessert table of moose, honey cheesecake, pavlova and fresh fruit.

The event will be held on the 19th of October at Molly May’s Cafe from 6 till 10 p.m. tickets $20 available from the cafe or online via Eventbrite https://www.tinyurl.com/100mileManilla

For for more information please contact Emma stilts president of Manilla community removal energy Inc.

Mobile 0407 434 585



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