Community Energy (CE) refers to
projects where a community initiates, develops, operates and benefits from renewable energy.
How do the Hubs work?
The Victorian Government has committed over a two-year period to pilot setting up three Community Power Hubs (CPH) that bring together locals to develop community-owned and operated renewable energy projects in regional areas of Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.
The aim of the pilot CPH’s is to bring together and help the community in accessing the skills and expertise required to develop and deliver community-based renewable energy projects. This involves local volunteers, businesses, community organisations, not for profit groups and government agencies working to organise and support local community energy project ideas. The approach will look to assist testing project ideas and progressing those that are viable into bankable projects delivering local benefits, and connecting them to capital to deliver.
Find out more about the Community Power Hubs pilot:
Pilot Community Power Hubs
The pilot CPHs are hosted by a local not-for-profit organisation that works to co-ordinate and foster community energy in each pilot location. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and mobilises local action on climate change. It does this while building the knowledge and participation of what community energy is locally, helping to build local capacity and skills, and making sure the benefits remain local and are realised.