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Many Victorians want greater control over their energy and costs, as well as minimising their impact on climate change. A grassroots approach to energy production has already made a big difference in towns and cities across our state.
Victoria’s Community Power Hubs bring communities together to develop locally-owned and cost-effective renewable energy projects.
Three hubs in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley were developed in 2017 under a 3-year pilot program. The program was designed to trial a new model for the development of funding-ready projects to be supported by community, government or private investors.
The program delivered Victorian communities significant social, environmental and economic value.
During the first 2-years of the pilot across the 3 hubs, the program:
The 3 Community Power Hubs developed a future pipeline of projects to continue to deliver renewable energy and carbon savings in their communities.
Victorian communities are transitioning towards renewables and taking ownership over their own emissions. It's a pilot program for the Community Power Hub initiative delivered by the Gippsland Climate Change Network, has been a great success in all Latrobe Valley. One of the projects implemented was the Gippy Bulk Buy initiative. Solar panels, and locally made hot water systems were purchased in the Bulk Buy and then offered to locals at discounted prices. The uptake and response was great.
Yinnar, has greatly benefited from the initiative. A solar feasibility study was completed and our Art Resource Collective will undergo an energy efficient redesign. The benefits will be a dramatic improvement to the economics and the experience of the gallery for our creative community and everybody who visits.
As a community, we've produced the same amount of carbon as a Toyota Hilux traveling around the equator 500 times per year. That means we spend about $1,000,000 on electricity and about $500,000 on diesel. Over the last 18 months, the community had already come together to actually create a vision for what we want to achieve when it comes to renewable energy. And really come up with strategies of how we might offset the carbon that we produce. So it's been a really positive experience seeing our community come together as we explore an innovative, renewable energy project for our long-term future.
We're one of the first sporting clubs to do this, but we certainly won't be the last. With the help of the Bendigo Sustainability Group and Community Power Hub, we were able to raise enough money to be able to put a solar system on our stadium roof. And that's a gift that keeps on giving. It means that we have lower prices and also lower greenhouse gas emissions.
To learn more about these projects or read more about the program and its achievements, visit communitypowerhub.com.au.
For more information about local projects delivered under the pilot program, visit the Community Power Hubs website.
The pilot program proved an effective way to leverage local interest in renewable energy into tangible community energy projects.
The expanded program hopes to achieve similarly positive results for Victorians and accelerate our transition to a renewable energy future.
As a direct result of the pilot program’s success, the Victorian Government is expanding the Community Power Hubs program to enable local environmental, social and economic benefits to be realised, including cost savings for local communities.
The expanded Community Power Hubs program will provide: