Community Power Hubs Program aims to increase the access to and involvement in community renewable energy throughout Victoria.
The Community Power Hubs program will fund 3 to 6 organisations to form and operate a Community Power Hub in their respective regions.
The aim of the program is to increase the access to and involvement in
community renewable energy throughout Victoria.
This program will support 2 stages of a Community Power Hub project:
One eligible organisation will operate a Community Power Hub in metropolitan Melbourne. The remaining Community Power Hubs will be located in the Victorian regions of:
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$5:$1 (SV:Applicant). Up to 100% of the applicant’s co-contribution can be in-kind.
To apply, you must:
As an applicant you are a Lead Partner Organisation responsible for supporting and collaborating with relevant community energy groups and stakeholders across your region.
The funding will support 2 stages of projects:
Lead Partner Organisations will be responsible for the establishment and operation of the Community Power Hub. If you have an Implementation Ready Project, but don’t have the capacity to establish and operate a CPH, you must connect with a Lead Partner Organisation to include your project in their application.
If you are unsure of who to connect with, the Community Power Agency has a map of community energy groups across Australia. This list is not exhaustive. Councils are also a great source of local information if you are unsure who the community energy groups are in your area.
For the establishment and operation of a Community Power Hub, the funding will support:
For delivery of community energy Implementation Ready Projects, the funding will support:
Funding will be broken into 2 streams:
If you apply to fund the establishment and operation of a Community Power Hub, you may be eligible for part of the $800,000 to fund the delivery of your project/s. The amount funded for each Implementation Ready Project will depend on the submissions received and results of the assessment process.
Timeline dates are subject to change.
As Australia moves towards renewable energy, the Victorian Government is committed to creating a renewable, affordable and reliable energy system.
In 2017, the Victorian Government committed funding and support to pilot 3 Community Power Hubs. These power hubs brought local stakeholders together to develop community-based renewable energy projects in and around Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.
The pilot program:
As a direct result of the pilot program’s success, this expanded program is being funded as part of the $1.6 billion renewable energy package in the Victorian Budget 2020-2021.
Based on recommendations from the pilot program evaluation, each CPH will have a region wide approach. These larger areas will have the ability to support multiple smaller communities, that are typically not as well-resourced.
In doing so, the Community Power Hubs Program will provide the opportunity for more Victorian communities to be active participants in planning and decisions around the transition to renewable energy.