NIMBIN made a strong and favourable impression on NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.
On a visit on Tuesday to meet with Greens candidates for local government elections at Nimbin and Ballina, Sen Rhiannon visited the Rainbow Power Company with the number-two Greens candidate for the forthcoming Lismore City Council election, Sue Stock.
"Nimbin is such a dynamic community; there are so many innovative things happening there," Sen Rhiannon said.
"The Rainbow Power Company's been growing for 25 years and they're justifiably proud of all the work they've initiated here in Nimbin, that has spread around the country and across the world.
"I was also very interested in other developments, too - like the solar farm project - it's a model for a local initiative which can be used to power community buildings, child care centres, and swimming pools."
Sen Rhiannon used her Nimbin visit to call for increased support for renewable energy projects, to pave the way for energy self sufficiency in the Lismore region.
That baton was taken up by candidate Sue Stock, of Nimbin, who said supporting local energy for local use is one of the key issues the Greens will take into the September council election.
"Lismore Council has been on the front foot with energy auditing and efficiency measures," Sue said. "We want the Lismore region to be powered by renewable energy, not dirty coal-fired power."
Sen Rhiannon said a report released this week by the International Energy Agency gave rave reviews for green energy around the world.
"The grass, and the roofs, really are greener in the Lismore region," she said.
"Lismore has the highest uptake in NSW of small-scale solar panels.
"The region is well-placed to become a hub of clean green jobs in the renewable energy industry.
"I congratulate Rainbow Power Company, celebrating 25 years of educating and installing solar in the local community."