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. ’19 Advocacy

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. ’19 Advocacy

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. ’18 Event

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 2017 – 2016 ’17 Awards

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

’17 Event

Renew organises its second Sustainable House day on its own, with an attendance of 29,049 at 206 open homes across Australia. ’17 Impact

Sustainable House Day on September 17 attracts a record 29,000 people to 202 homes across Australia

’17 Event

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 ’17 Impact

Sunulator plays a key part in a groundbreaking community solar investment model in Geelong

’17 Advocacy

ATA publishes a comprehensive analysis of the Finkel Review into the future security of the national electricity market ’17 Impact

Light up Quelicai campaign results in 108 homes receiving solar-powered lighting in Quelicai, Baucau district of East Timor

’17 Reports

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 ’16 Event

Renew takes on organising Sustainable House Day across Australia. The day was a success, with 17,287 people attending 154 open homes across Australia.

’16 Event

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 ’16 Award

ATA wins the United Nations Association of Australia’s (UNAA) World Environment Day Clean Energy Award for work in East Timor

’16 Impact

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. ’16 Impact

ATA in a joint project for a 139-panel solar system at the Kurrawang Indigenous community near Kalgoorlie WA using “impact investment” funding

’16 Impact

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 ’16 Event

ATA jointly organises the second High Life Expo in Melbourne to improve sustainability in apartment blocks

’16 Events

Speed Date a Sustainability Expert held at 10 venues, including at the New Joneses sustainable display home in Melbourne’s city square, Shepparton and at Ku-ring-gai in northern Sydney ’16 Report 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

’15 ATA’s membership reaches 6,000 people ’15

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 Australia’s first community-owned solar farm at Tathra, NSW Sunulator developed to include battery analysis ’15

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 People’s 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 Melbourne’s 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

’14 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

’13 Community Climate Chest (C3) launched New ATA website goes online New website for Sanctuary magazine ’13 ATA a knowledge partner for LJ Hooker’s Liveability initiative, providing information and answering consumer queries on sustainable homes on the Liveability website

’13 Publication

Consumer Guide to Smart Meters developed ’13 Advocacy Supported by the Consumer Advocacy Panel, the ATA advocates in the national electricity market on behalf of ATA members and other Australian energy consumers

’13 Event Melbourne Electric Vehicle Expo, organised by ATA’s Melbourne EV Branch, held at Swinburne University’s Hawthorn campus ’13 International Projects International Projects Group organises installation of solar-powered lighting and training of technicians in a number of sub-districts in East Timor ’13 International Projects

ATA forms partnership with Timor Adventures, with participants of tours to Atauro and Baguia helping to install solar-powered lighting in those areas ’12 Event

Three Speed Date a Sustainable Designer events held in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

’12 Publication 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

’12 Event ATA’s Adelaide Branch co-ordinates the opening of 12 homes on Sustainable House day with AuSES ’12 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 ’10 Event Speed Dating with Sanctuary held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne ’10 Event ReNew holds an Open House Day in Castlemaine as part of the State of Design Festival

’10 ATA joins with 10 other groups to form the One Million Homes alliance 2008 Blue Mountains/Central West Branch formed ’07

The International Projects Group’s Village Lighting Scheme launches in East Timor

ATA relaunches Stuart McQuire’s Water Not Down the Drain book


Sanctuary: modern green homes magazine launched ’04 Research 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 McQuire’s Water Not Down the Drain released ’99 ATA/Greenpeace solar shower held during the Victorian gas crisis

’98 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 clear—be 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 Branching out 1995 ATA Coffs Harbour Branch formed ’94 Education 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 ATA’s 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 ’91 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 ’86 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. (Source


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