Renewables: From the Fringe to Near-Normal
Just 10 years ago renewable energy was the preserve of a handful of eco-enthusiasts, many of whom were living an alternative, off-grid life. Now you can pop out in your lunch break and buy your solar panels at Ikea.
So how did renewable energy move from niche to normal in such a short time? Cathy Debenham was there at the beginning of the shift. She knew first hand the need for practical information from renovating her home in 2015. Her experience led her to found YouGen, one of the leading online forums for renewable energy, in 2009.
Since then she has been deeply involved in informing and educating people about renewables and incentives that have supported their growth. She will tell the story of how the market took off, and how online forums like YouGen, government subsidies and access to credible performance data combined to transform the industry. As permaculture strives to demonstrate its potential to a wider audience, she will highlight things to learn from the experience of renewable energy – and things to avoid.