Welcome to the website of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT).
We work on creating local climate solutions together. Our company, Blueskin Energy Limited, is working on establishing our proposed Blueskin Turbine embedded in the local grid. We want to make what is commonplace in other countries possible in New Zealand. Our ClimateSafeHouse project is a response to sea-level rise in Blueskin Bay and the wider area. BRCT is an IRD approved charitable trust formed in 2008 out of the need to support local sustainability and climate change initiatives in a planned and structured way. We offer practical services, provide key support, have robust resources, lead innovative projects and provide expert advocacy. Check out our 2017 projects below and our 2016 success stories at the bottom of this page.
• We provide a free phone/email advice service open to the wider Dunedin community regarding home heating, insulation, energy efficient lighting, etc.
• Our advice is independent, and not influenced by selling products.
• We offer bulk sales of logs to be processed for firewood
• This is a lower-cost option for communities, charities, social organisations, etc.
• We offer discounted quality insulation for residents prepared to do the installation themselves.
• This is a low-cost option for DIYers, landlords and social organisations, etc.
Home Performance Assessments
• We maintain a Dunedin wide service delivering independent expert assessments, appraisals and reports on their home performance to Dunedin residents.
• We work with other social agencies to help support residents make their homes warm and cosy.
Healthy Rental Certification
• We help landlords ensure compliance with the new requirements under the Residential Tenancies Act.
• We give landlords and tenants the information they need to fix any issues and information on available subsidies.
• We are a drop in centre for advice and support.
• We work with individuals to catalyse community actions.
• We provide community newsletters and articles each month.
• We maintain a Local Food Directory to support local food initiatives.
• We help to coordinate actions and develop collaboration to join up skills and build cooperate effort.
Current Project News in 2017 - January/February
Our Blueskin Turbine
Blueskin Energy work continues in 2017. The headline work being our proposed Blueskin turbine. We have amended the original proposal to mitigate the impact on nearby houses by reducing the number of turbines from three to one and locating that one as far as possible from the houses. We are taking our request to install one turbine on Porteous Hill to the Environment Court. This is the original idea first put forward by the community in 2006 and the amended proposal fits nicely within the original consent application. We are very confident that this is a very simple, low impact, viable proposal with good community support.
The Environment Court process allows us to address any concerns. It also allows all expert assessments to be evaluated and compared and allows a project to be objectively judged on its merits.
The Environment Court process will take place over the next 4 months. At the end of this process we will have a clear decision. Many Blueskin residents have strong environmental values and want to be able to face their children and grandchildren knowing they did as much as possible to mitigate the effects of climate change. The proposed turbine does that by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels through the renewable electricity generated.. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter : we like social media! Email us at email@example.com or call us on 4822048 - we love to hear from you.
Its great to see another local solar initiative get off the ground (read the December issue of the Blueskin News), this time independently of the Trust. We hope it can open up new opportunities effectively. Solar power, whether solar thermal (solar hot water) or solar PV (photovoltaics) can help reduce household energy demand. Generally, it makes sense to harness the sun’s energy and even though the feed in tariff – the amount paid to you by the electricity retailer for the power you supply to them when not using it – is ridiculously low, solar PV can be helpful if you work from home or are a high electricity user during the middle of the day when the sun is shining. You can also ‘stretch’ solar PV by installing storage options of some kind, with additional investment.
We don’t know any of the specific details of the latest push to encourage solar, however if you need to know what questions to ask, or what some of the potential pitfalls are, you can call our free advice service (call: 929 1323), weekday hours.
If you want to make a donation to assist our work follow the link or email BRCT at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Donate using internet banking via the website. Donations are tax deductible so please make sure we have your name and address and can thank you!
Our Successes in 2016
If you are interested in helping out, making a donation or sponsoring some part of the project, please be in touch via the Trust office. Tel: 03 4822048 / email: email@example.com
We have many people and businesses to thank for supporting BRCT so far (see our supporters page).