FAQs

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What exactly is The Global Warming Solution?
How much of my money goes towards the projects?

We want to make sure as much of your money as possible goes directly towards tackling climate change. That’s why 90% of your contribution goes to funding the wind and solar farms. That starts with funding the planning permission and lobbying process, and then, of course, the physical build and development of the sites. Another 8% goes towards getting the word out there about The Global Warming Solution and covering the risks of the developments. The final 2% is a management fee that goes towards the running costs of the organisation.

What does cheaper energy mean for me?

We’ve got big aims here at The Global Warming Solution. We want to push fossil fuels out of the picture by making renewable energy cheaper than anything available on the market. Our goal is to undercut fossil fuels in the wholesale market so that energy providers can purchase our energy, and in turn, pass it on to you at a cheaper price.

The result is cheaper energy for you and a better, more sustainable world for us all. But how will we do this? By operating our wind and solar farms at breakeven after refurbishment costs, rather than at a profit. Once complete, we’ll be producing the cleanest and cheapest possible energy at around just ~A2.0 c/kWh. Fossil fuels are usually ~A6.0 c/kWh and existing renewable energy is ~A6.5 c/kWh.

What do I get for my contribution?

You become part of the people’s sustainable revolution; a community of like-minded people united in their purpose to solve climate change. On a more tangible level, you are directly contributing towards building one of the most sustainable cities in the world right here in Sydney.

Three potential sites in Sydney are already in negotiations with a four-year build timeframe for the first project. Your contribution goes towards securing these sites, lobbying local governments and National Parks Services to support the build, and then the construction of the wind and solar farms themselves.

Sydney will become a shining example of how cities can do better, and our ultimate aim is to transform the way the world consumes energy, city by city, country by country.

When you sign up as a contributor, you will receive a fortnightly email with an update on the progress of all of the above, plus practical advice and inspiration on how to live more sustainably.

Where will the projects be built?

The Global Warming Solution is starting with Sydney, turning the city into a flagship example of how energy can be done better.

There are three projects in the pipeline. One at North Head in north Sydney (eight turbines), another south of the city in Botany Bay (20 turbines) and one in the heart of the iconic Sydney Harbour (four turbines). These wind farms will transform the gateways to Sydney, and – combined with record rooftop solar uptake – will make Sydney one of the most sustainable cities in the world. Currently, the projects are at early stages with contributions supporting local government lobbying and procurement of planning permissions.

But of course, Sydney is just the beginning. We are already looking at projects outside of Sydney, starting with 15 turbines in Conroy’s Gap located South West of Yass in NSW.

How long will it take for the first project to be completed?

We have an ambitious three-year fundraising target, with the $50m AUD required to build the first wind farm at North Head aiming to be raised by July 2023. Once we have raised the funds for the build, we expect the site to be fully complete and operational within approximately 12 months.

How did The Global Warming Solution get started?

The Global Warming Solution has been the brainchild of our founder, Roger Bain, for fifteen years. With the recent spike in awareness and the declaration of a climate change emergency, the timing was right to launch the concept.

Roger is part of the Bain family, a family with a rich history of entrepreneurship across Australia and beyond.

It is safe to say that success runs in the Bain family’s blood; Lewis Potter Bain and Jim Bain were both Chairman of the Stock Exchange. Keith Bain was the founder of AGC Finance before it was acquired by Westpac. Netsy Bain’s Grandfather Albert Grace started Grace Brothers before it was acquired by Myer. And Jim Bain grew Bain and Company into a significant Investment Bank before it was acquired by Deutsche Bank.

Roger Bain has spent decades researching wind farms and solar energy as part of his engineering and sustainable development career. Often, sustainable energy initiatives come from activists or scientists, The Global Warming Solution is led by astute business leaders and experienced engineers, who will ensure that your investment becomes a reality.

Is The Global Warming Solution a charity?

The Global Warming Solution is not a charity, and this was a conscious choice. There are certain limitations as a charity that would discourage us from achieving our goals. The world is already moving too slowly when it comes to embracing renewable energy. By operating as a business rather than a charity we can scale quickly and make the most difference.

Is The Global Warming Solution really going to work?
How will this impact climate change?

According to a report from The Climate Council, Australia is one of the 10 biggest emitters of greenhouse gases from electricity and heat production in the world. Yet despite Australia having enough renewable energy resources to power the country 500 times over, twelve G20 member states have a greater proportion of renewable electricity than Australia.

Australia knows what needs to be done, but change is happening too slowly. We are taking matters into our own hands – and yours. The clean energy produced by our wind and solar farms will offset energy coming from coal-fired power stations resulting in less CO2 going into the atmosphere. The result is a clear and direct impact on climate change. And, the more projects like this we can fund, the bigger the difference we can all make.

*Climate Council (2015) The Global Renewable Energy Boom: How Australia Is Missing Out. Accessed at https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/uploads/4025a09a22121667977e19f6e33a1ea3.pdf

Can these projects actually solve global warming?

The volume of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions has steadily risen over the last decade, from 28.7 billion metric tons in 2009 to 33.3 billion metric tons in 2019*. And it’s only going to get worse. Renewable energy is one of the most effective ways to tackle this, but we have to move fast.

A move to renewable energy like the projects being undertaken by The Global Warming Solution can make a tangible difference to climate change, by giving people a more sustainable energy choice and driving down the use of fossil fuels. But these projects alone aren’t the full solution. To create lasting change we need a united, strong, vocal community who will stand together and encourage other individuals and communities to stand up for the planet and drive similar projects in their own areas.

T. Wang 2020, Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions Worldwide from 1975 to 2019. Accessed at https://www.statista.com/statistics/526002/energy-related-carbon-dioxide-emissions-worldwide/

This is great! How can I get involved with the Global Warming Solution?

The main way to support The Global Warming Solution is by becoming a contributor to help build the solar and wind farms that will change Australia’s energy consumption forever.

But you don’t have to donate to help. Another way to show your support is to tell other people about us. We want as many people as possible to be united to tackle climate change. Share our content on your social media channels, like or comment on our posts, and help us build a community.

Don’t forget to include a call-to-action to visit our website to find out more and remember to use the hashtag #TheGlobalWarmingSolution

What’s the financial situation?
Is this contribution tax-deductible?

The Global Warming Solution is not a registered charity which means that your contribution is not tax-deductible.

Are contributions in my native currency?

All contributions to The Global Warming Solution are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD).

What payment types do you accept?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club, American Express, Union Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Alipay and WeChat Pay.

What happens if The Global Warming Solutions doesn’t reach its fundraising targets?

Funds will be diverted to other projects including tree planting.

Communication from The Global Warming Solution
Am I signing up to junk mail?

There’s no junk mail here. And we also promise to never sell your data. If you’ve opted in you’ll receive updates about the progress of the The Global Warming Solution’s projects so that you can see how your contribution is helping. Don’t worry though, we’ll send them sparingly and you can change your preferences at any time.

I can’t see your emails in my inbox

It’s frustrating when that happens, but usually, it’s easy to fix. Try running a search for info@theglobalwarmingsolution.com. If you’re using Gmail, it’s possible our messages are being sorted into the Promotions tab. If that’s the case, drag-and-drop a The Global Warming Solution email from the message list over to the Primary tab, or right-click the email and select Move to Tab > Primary. If that doesn’t work, or you’re not using Gmail, please check your spam filter in case we got mislabeled. Be sure to click ‘Not Spam’ to help build our reputation and make sure you never miss out on the latest Global Warming Solution updates.

How do I get in touch with The Global Warming Solution?

If you have any questions at all, we’re happy to help. You can contact our team here.

Managing your account
How do I cancel my contribution?

To cancel future contributions, you need to sign into your account via a laptop, computer or mobile device, select the ‘Contribution History’ tab, then the ‘View’ button of your most recent contribution and under ‘Actions” cancel any future contributions.

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