Off-Grid Guru’s Tent

Meet the best of the best in the industry. Here their experiences, learn about products and find out how you can live off-grid with ease!

The Off-Grid Living Festival is all about interaction, and we like to facilitate opportunities that can’t be experienced anywhere else. The Off-Grid Guru’s Tent is one of these places – a unique space where you can talk direct with people who are experienced in off-grid living or experts in renewable technologies. Come along and meet a diverse array of open and welcoming gurus all weekend in this wonderful conversation space.

Hosted by: Country Solar
Prices: ALL FREE, ALL DAY
No booking required except for the ‘So you think you can go self-sufficient’ workshop, which can be pre-booked online through the workshops page (coming soon).

SATURDAY PROGRAM

9.30 – 10.15am

Jon Palfrey
Energy Smart Water

What are PV Hot Water Systems and why are they a great choice for energy efficient homes. Learn all this and more with Jon Palfrey of Energy Smart Water.
10.30 – 11.15am

Paul Baker
Electric Vehicle Enthusiast

Paul has been driving 100% Electric Vehicles since 2016, even with limited range and charging infrastructure he was not restricted with where he could go.

His passion for Motorsport led him to follow the development of e-racing from 2009 onwards and once he purchased his first EV he became a member of the team in Adelaide trying to secure the Formula E street race.

Come along to learn more about his first hand experience, especially for those considering an EV as their next vehicle, from practical town EVs through to Formula E.
11.30 – 12.15pm

Ben McGowan
Indigo Power

Indigo Power was incorporated to assist community groups like Totally Renewable Yackandandah and Beechworth in their efforts to power their communities with 100% renewable energy.

Find out more about the community energy hub model, progress to date, next steps, and how you can join in.

12.30 – 1.15pm

Adam Major
Superior Boilers

Learn about the merits of using wood fired boilers for hydronic heating, hot water and cooking.

What are the best systems, what scale can I heat with one boiler, which boiler is best for me? Ask all these questions and more with expert Adam Major of Superior Boiler.

1.30 – 2.15pm

Richard Rowe
Solar Tracker

If you’re keen to set up your own power systems off-grid then this is the talk for you. Richard will take you through the basics of Solar, Wind and Renewables and cover topics about safety, good practices around design, cable and tool selection, installation and devices to choose.

Learn the do’s and don’t, get advice on devices, their purpose, and things to think about in building your own systems.

Finishing with a chat about Microgrids and VPP chat.
2.30 – 4.00
Dr Rachel Goldlust
PHD Off-Grid

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
An interactive and creative workshop that will delve into your ideas and dreams about off-grid living and self-sufficiency. Looking at many elements in practice, with real life examples and plenty of fantastic advice to help you on your journey.

Participants are supplied with butcher’s paper, pens, magazines and a series of modules to begin to dream and create their ideal self-sufficient home. Part information session and part creative process, the group will discuss and collaborate on a number of interesting topics.

Limited Spaces, must book this one: BOOK HERE

SUNDAY PROGRAM

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9.30 – 11.00am

Dr Rachel Goldlust
PHD Off-Grid

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
An interactive and creative workshop that will delve into your ideas and dreams about off-grid living and self-sufficiency. Looking at many elements in practice, with real life examples and plenty of fantastic advice to help you on your journey.

Participants are supplied with butcher’s paper, pens, magazines and a series of modules to begin to dream and create their ideal self-sufficient home. Part information session and part creative process, the group will discuss and collaborate on a number of interesting topics.

Limited Spaces, must book this one: BOOK HERE
11.15 – 12.00pm

Anna Dye
Impressed Solar

Water for Off-Grid; harvesting, storage & pumping.

Learn about the latest technology options for water supply, storage and pumping for off-grid houses, gardens and farms.

Get an insight into the varying setups and ongoing costs of solar pumps vs. other pump options and hear about innovative set up ideas.
12.15 – 1.00pm

Steve Madson
Country Solar

As off-grid technology improves and becomes more popular, we’re seeing a change in the market as battery technology becomes more affordable, reliable and in turn – desirable.

Join renewable energy specialist, Steve Madson of Country Solar to hear about the latest in Battery Technology and how it’s changing the way we approach energy in our homes and businesses.
1.15 – 2.00pm

Mark Robinson
Global Eco Solutions

What is Solar Powered Heat Extraction?

What are the the benefits of it?

How can it be best used in domestic and Commercial space?

Learn all this and more with Solar Wiz, Mark Robinson.
2.15 – 3.00pm

Graeme Lamb & Shaun Gash
Future NRG

An in-depth discussion about off grid systems.

How they are designed from Start to the Final product and the benefits of working with the professional on designing a fully integrated energy system for off-grid homes – including all of the creature comforts of a ‘normal’ home and more.
3.15 – 4.00pm

Captain Clinton Hopkins
Fulle

Captain Clinton Hopkins will share some discoveries and lessons learned on his journey from the flight deck to becoming a Captain of clean energy and climate activist.

Providing an insight into the future of e-mobility and renewable energy.

Board the conversation and Go on a journey flying through what’s currently happening in the e- mobility sector and where we are heading in the electrification of transportation.
Cruise through topics like electric planes, cars and bikes before Arriving at what will power them and our future off-grid lifestyles.

What an amazing way to finish your festival weekend!