ARECA is a grass roots not-for-profit resource and advocacy alliance. ARECA weaves together people with an interest in or passion for renewables to create one united voice. ARECA is a forum for communication and change. We pool information, research, science and expert voices as well offering help with your journey through the renewables maze. We are your one stop renewables resource.
We help you make sound renewable decisions and ensure your voice is heard.
Ged McCarthy, Founder
Ged McCarthy was a Founding Member of SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and President from 2009 to 2011. Ged orchestrated the media, email and petition campaign in NSW to challenge the new O’Farrell Government’s decision to retrospectively change the Feed In Tariff after axeing the Solar Bonus Scheme. And it was then that he realised that while Industry Associations are all well and good, it is people power that changes the face of policy and politics. Politicians listen to voters and organisations which give those voters a voice.
Ged has been a solar installer for over 10 years and has designed and installed indigenous desert arrays, stand alone solar systems for rural householders, grid connect systems for city dwellers and everything in between. He is a passionate proponent of solar and renewables and a respected advocate of sustainable renewable policies Australia wide.
Sophie Love, Communications
Sophie has over 25 years’ experience in media and advertising industries across three continents and is a respected writer and wordsmith who knows how to pack a punch in a paragraph.
Sophie has been living on stand alone solar for 5 years, grows her own veg, honey, wool and eggs and pumps her water from the river. Ever more self sufficient she is passionate about Australians taking responsibility for their power, food and water and Government scrapping the huge subsidies to the coal industry.
Melissa has been Senior Policy Advisor to a leading UK environmental Charity for over 15 years and has been instrumental in effecting major policy change to protect marine environments and create a sustainable fishing industry. Melissa brings her political knowledge and advocacy skills to the table to help us drive policy change and political agenda.