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Community Energy is where a community group initiates, develops, operates and benefits from a renewable energy resource or energy efficiency initiative. Community groups are formed based on a common interest or geographical region such as a town or suburb.
Every Community Energy project is different, being tailored to each community’s needs and context. CE projects may be developed to:
We supported three regional pilot Community Power Hubs in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley from 2017-2020 to investigate and implement a range of community renewable energy projects.
For more information, see Community Power Hubs 2021.
The Bendigo Sustainability Group and the City of Greater Bendigo together developed a 'community owned solar PV project', which has resulted in a 20kW solar PV system being installed on the Goldfields Library in Bendigo.
In operation since June 2011, Hepburn Wind is Australia's first community owned wind farm. Every year the wind farm generates enough power for 2,000 homes.
This Community-owned Renewable Energy Guide has been created to give communities in Victoria information about developing community-owned renewable energy projects.
It is a resource for community groups that are considering a community energy project and those that are already in the process of establishing a project. The guide consolidates existing knowledge and resources and provides links to further information and advice
Download the Guide to Community Energy for Victorians
The Coalition for Community Energy has updated the The Small Scale Community Solar Guide has been updated with the support of the Sustainability Victoria. This guide is perhaps one of the most useful resources available to community energy groups looking to develop their first project. The guide is filled with practical tips, case studies and the key information you need to get started.
Download the Small Scale Community Solar Guide
The Coalition for Community Energy delivered a series of webinars to introduce groups interested in developing their own community energy project to the guide and carious elements that assist a project move from an idea to a reality.
Watch the recorded webinar
The $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund is designed to support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.
The Fund has been designed with a specific stream for the Community Sector and Community Energy Projects.
Learn more about the New Energy Jobs Fund