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Chris Cooper

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: New South Wales None > Community
Environment > Energy And Resources
To transform Australia's community solar sector by learning from the world's leading community energy organisations - USA, UK, Germany
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The Winston Churchill Fellowship gave me the opportunity to meet the visionaries, entrepreneurs and change makers who are a key part of the transformation towards a cleaner, people-centric energy system. This report tries to disseminate some factors which make them successful, and what lessons we can apply in the Australian context when building community energy movements and new energy business models. 

Fellowship Highlights

I had an amazing Churchill Fellowship experience.  Some of the personal highlights include:

· * Visiting the world's pioneering community energy organisation, EWS, Prokon, Energy4All, Abundance Generation, and Clean Energy Collective

·   * Learning about exciting new business models such as Open Utility, Vandebron, Next Kraftwerke, Buergerwerke, HEVO Power and Yeloha.

·   * Learning about what makes an energy innovation ecosystem with Danny Kennedy and Minh Le. 

·   * Dining with Amory Lovins, Founder of RMI, one of Time's 100 most influential people

·   * Driving a Tesla, scaling a 100m wind turbine, attending a Harvard energy networking event, the 2015 German Energy Awards, and riding a bike through New York with HEVO Power's CEO.

*  * Making countless new friends, business connections, potential partnerships around the world. 

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