When: Wednesday 15th July 2020, 7:00 pm AEST (Melbourne time). You’ll be able to ‘check in’ from 6:50pm.
Where: Online webinar using ‘Zoom’ (relocated due to COVID-19). If you haven’t used Zoom before use this link to test your setup. You will need to get a ticket using the link below.


  • You will receive the necessary web link for the webinar from the ticketing system.
  • We have a capacity of 1000 people.
  • We have incurred some additional costs in hosting the webinars. You will see a large number of free tickets available and a smaller number of paid tickets should you wish to help us to meet the webinar costs.
  • Renew depends on the generosity of our community to continue its valuable work. We would welcome your donation here: renew.org.au/donate or via the additional donation option when choosing your ticket.
  • Click HERE to get a ticket for the webinar.

Presentation: The Alternative Technology Association (trading as Renew Australia) has reached a new milestone since its inception in 1980, when Mick Harris and a small band of enthusiasts got together, mainly to show off their latest project, and start a magazine called ‘Soft Technology’ which later became ReNew magazine. It has made the transition to a community based organisation with over 11,000 members and 14 branches. It produces two magazines, provides practical advice services to assist people on the path to energy efficiency in all its forms, runs the Sustainable House Day and has representation on various government committees. As Renew enters a new phase, it will be a chance to say goodbye to some long serving staff, and look to the future.

Speaker: Michael Harris has had a long association with renewable energy. He was manager of Renew/ATA until 1995, and led the construction of the Solar Workshop at the Ceres Community Environment Park, the Energy trailer and later the Energymobile, a semi-trailer purpose built display vehicle which went around Australia promoting renewable energy. He went on to form the Enviroshop and later Envirogroup which is still going today. He has kept up his association with Renew through that time, forming the International Projects group, funded by donations to provide solar power to community buildings and houses in Timor Leste. He was employed by Renew to provide technical advice until last year.

You can view the video of this presentation here.

Chris Moss, Rob Gardner, Rick Molloy, Michele Ryan and Peter Wonfor, Melbourne branch committee.

Graham Hunt and Marisa Pizzica, Sydney Central branch committee.

If you would like to contact us then visit our Branch page here.

* We recognise and appreciate the assistance of the University of Melbourne Energy Transition Hub in providing the venue for our normal events. we look forward to resuming physical meetings in the future.