Macedon Ranges residents and businesses will be invited to buy shares in a new community cooperative – the Macedon Ranges Community Energy Group – which will finance Holgate’s system alongside other renewable energy projects in the municipality. 100% of the electricity generated will be used on site, with savings on power bills used to pay back a community-financed loan provide by the cooperative. The project is a win for business, community investors and the environment, and forms part of a broader renewable energy [...]
This project will establish the first replicable community solar investment model in Victoria and enable Geelong Sustainability to co-ordinate community driven renewable energy projects in Geelong. The project at MACS will consist of 156kW of solar in total, 102.6kW on the Residential Care building and 53.4kW on Bella Chara. With over 500 solar panels it will significantly lower electricity costs for MACS and reduce emissions by 210 Tonnes of CO2 per year. That’s equivalent to taking 60 cars off the [...]
Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd.’s Southern CORE Fund supports community groups to install renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, helping them cut power bills and reduce carbon emissions. Community groups apply for no-interest loans to pay for energy upgrades. Interest-free loans are paid back to the Fund from energy savings, becoming available to support the next group’s project. Each donation is invested over and over again! Donations of $2 and over to the Energy Innovation Co-operative Public Fund, of which the [...]
Moreland Community Solar (MCS) is pursuing a number of potential project partners to secure a site for a community solar investment project. We are looking to achieve our first investment project over the next twelve months. We will be focusing on a project which will be up to 99KW’s in size with a consistent load during the day.
The “Old Energy-New Energy” (stage 1&2) development is funded through local contributions and a Victorian Government New Energy Jobs Fund grant. 90 kW of on-ground solar PV and 25 kW/h batteries will be installed alongside the historic State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi. The Mine is run as an important tourism precinct with very strong local volunteer involvement, on land managed by Parks Victoria. It holds an iconic historical-cultural position in the local area. The installation will provide emissions reductions for [...]