History From early adopters of renewable energy to Australia's lead organisation inspiring, enabling and advocating for sustainable living.
20 Sanctuary magazine publishes its 50th issue.
19 Renew magazine publishes its 150th issue.
Renew's Climate Resilient Homes campaign works with our partners to build a national coalition of over 65 organisations advocating for better home energy performance.
19 Event Renew's Sustainable House Day surpasses past events with 44,560 visits to 252 open homes across Australia.
Renew secures a place on the National Construction Code energy efficiency working group, bringing a dedicated consumer voice to the process for the first time.
19 Award Renew wins Sustainability Victoria's Premier's Sustainability Award in the Community category for work on the Z-NET Hepburn project.
Renew's 2018 Sustainable House Day is the biggest event yet, with 33,024 visits at 226 homes open across Australia.
The Alternative Technology Association rebrands to become Renew
ATA wins awards from the UNAA for Climate Change Leadership and Climate Education and Engagement and the Green Globe award for Climate Change Leadership from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Renew organises its second Sustainable House day on its own, with an attendance of 29,049 at 206 open homes across Australia.
Sustainable House Day on September 17 attracts a record 29,000 people to 202 homes across Australia
ATA key organiser of the second Community Energy Congress, attended by over 600 people in Melbourne as well as holding Sunulator training workshop and Speed Date a Sustainability sessions at the conference
Sunulator plays a key part in a groundbreaking community solar investment model in Geelong
ATA publishes a comprehensive analysis of the Finkel Review into the future security of the national electricity market
Light up Quelicai campaign results in 108 homes receiving solar-powered lighting in Quelicai, Baucau district of East Timor
ATA publishes key reports:
Solar Sizing: Bigger is Better
DC isolators and solar system fires
Life after Feed-in Tariffs
Feasibility of a 100% renewable electricity grid
Renew takes on organising Sustainable House Day across Australia. The day was a success, with 17,287 people attending 154 open homes across Australia.
Electric vehicle expos held in Melbourne and Toowoomba organised by local ATA branches, with more than 4000 attending and ABC TV coverage of the Melbourne event
ATA wins the United Nations Association of Australias (UNAA) World Environment Day Clean Energy Award for work in East Timor
ATA, now the sole organiser of Sustainable House Day, officially launched the 2016 event with Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg. 17,000 people attend nationally, viewing 154 homes on September 11, 2016.
ATA in a joint project for a 139-panel solar system at the Kurrawang Indigenous community near Kalgoorlie WA using impact investment funding
ATA completes program of solar-powered lighting installations in East Timor from Google Impact funding, having installed 607 solar systems in 12 villages in two years with Timorese partners
ATA jointly organises the second High Life Expo in Melbourne to improve sustainability in apartment blocks
Speed Date a Sustainability Expert held at 10 venues, including at the New Joneses sustainable display home in Melbournes city square, Shepparton and at Ku-ring-gai in northern Sydney
Goodbye Gas and Green Heating brochures encourage people to help the environment and save money by using efficient electric appliances instead of gas
Pears Report and Best Green Homes NSW/ACT e-books
2015 - 2011
ATAs membership reaches 6,000 people
ATA is the joint national organiser of Sustainable House Day
ATA publishes an e-book series with Green Home Heating, Green Home Cooling, Off-grid Homes, Solar Caravans and Eco Camping and Healthy Homes e-books
Sunulator plays an important role in the economic feasibility stage of Australias first community-owned solar farm at Tathra, NSW
Sunulator developed to include battery analysis
ATA volunteers install an off-grid solar system at an Indigenous ranger station in far-north Queensland in a pilot project with the Centre for Appropriate Technology
ATA forms a partnership with The Peoples Solar to enable tax-deductible donations to support solar projects in the community
15 Events & Report
Speed Date a Sustainability Expert held in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as a series of Speed Dates for local councils in Melbournes west
New ATA report on solar with battery storage finds grid-connected batteries likely to be economically attractive by 2020
Third Melbourne Electric Vehicle Expo
15 Sunulator, Award, Report
Sunulator solar feasibility online calculator launched
ATA receives a Google Impact Challenge grant of $250,000 for solar-powered lighting work in East Timor
Are We Still Cooking with Gas? report looks at the economics of efficient electric versus gas appliances
EV Expo, Advice Service
Second Melbourne Electric Vehicle Expo held at Swinburne University
ATA starts trialing a new paid advice service for members and non-members
Community Climate Chest (C3) launched
New ATA website goes online
New website for Sanctuary magazine
ATA a knowledge partner for LJ Hookers Liveability initiative, providing information and answering consumer queries on sustainable homes on the Liveability website
Consumer Guide to Smart Meters developed
Supported by the Consumer Advocacy Panel, the ATA advocates in the national electricity market on behalf of ATA members and other Australian energy consumers
Melbourne Electric Vehicle Expo, organised by ATAs Melbourne EV Branch, held at Swinburne Universitys Hawthorn campus
International Projects Group organises installation of solar-powered lighting and training of technicians in a number of sub-districts in East Timor
ATA forms partnership with Timor Adventures, with participants of tours to Atauro and Baguia helping to install solar-powered lighting in those areas
Three Speed Date a Sustainable Designer events held in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney
ATA develops the Guide to Reducing Your Energy and Saving Money
12 International Projects Group
The International Projects Group organises the installation of solar PV and solar-powered lighting systems in Remexio, Baguia and Oecussi in East Timor
ATAs Adelaide Branch co-ordinates the opening of 12 homes on Sustainable House day with AuSES
ATA works with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to develop and deliver a training course for prospective site assessors and installers of wind turbines
ATA works with Green Cross Australia to develop the Build it Back Green website
Speed Dating with Sanctuary held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne
ReNew holds an Open House Day in Castlemaine as part of the State of Design Festival
ATA joins with 10 other groups to form the One Million Homes alliance
2008 Blue Mountains/Central West Branch formed
The International Projects Groups Village Lighting Scheme launches in East Timor
ATA relaunches Stuart McQuires Water Not Down the Drain book
Sanctuary: modern green homes magazine launched
ATA Energy Smart Home Rating Project
ATA Greenhouse Action Project
ATA Energy Task Force Project
Lance Turner identifies LEDs as lighting of the future in ReNew
ATA Greywater Project
Solar panels installed on the ATA solar workshop
Solar Shuttle sent to schools
Second edition of Stuart McQuires Water Not Down the Drain released
ATA/Greenpeace solar shower held during the Victorian gas crisis
First face-to-face meeting of all the interstate ATA branches
ATA moves offices to the Solar Workshop at CERES
97 Alan Pears first column for ReNew 59. Alan outlines some of the ways that the fossil fuel industry manipulates energy markets in their favour. The message is clearbe vigilant, and be vocal about the benefits of renewable energy.
1996 ATA Cairns Branch formed
96: Soft Technology renamed ReNew: Technology for a Sustainable Future
1995 - 1991
1995 ATA Coffs Harbour Branch formed
Solar Shuttle built and starts touring the country
92 Soft Technology is distributed to newsagents for the first time
The EnergyMobile is constructed and starts touring Australia. This was the ATAs biggest ever display vehicle. It weighed 7 tonnes, was 10 metres long with numerous energy displays and working solar and wind systems. It had its own bedroom, kitchen and even a washing machine!
1992 Sydney Branch formed
ATA submits to the Senate Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on Reducing the Impact of the Greenhouse Effect.
91 First full-colour cover on Soft Technology
ATA membership hits 1000. employs its first staff member to do part-time membership administration
ATA moves offices to the new Friends of the Earth Centre in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
Wind generator constructed by SECV at Breamlea, Victoria (see ATA ownership 1995)
First prototype of a model solar car made
Noel Jeffery begins work on an early version of the solar shuttle
Alan Pears and Michael Harris write submission to the MREC inquiry into electricity generation and correct insulation regulations. Many of their recommendations appeared in the final MREC report and helped drive policy, including 1991 insulation regulations.
The Alternative Technology Co-operative restarts with a name changed to Alternative Technology Association and a new structure is introduced. In March the first Sun Newsletter published and by June the first issue of Soft Technology is published.
1979 - 1976
The formative years and ATA Co-operative
76 Formative Years
Friends of the Earth campaign against uranium. Looking to form a group proactive on green energy and technology, the Alternative Technology Co-operative is born out of a meeting in Carlton. Photo by Chain Reaction.