Seven new hubs for community owned renewable energy will be established around Victoria after recipients were announced under the next stage of our Community Power Hubs program.
Over the coming year, these organisations will work closely with their local communities to provide trusted advice on clean energy solutions and deliver local, cost-effective renewable energy projects:
As part of the application process to become a Community Power Hub, organisations could also apply for funding towards projects that are ready to go. The regional Community Power Hubs were successful in securing funding for community energy projects at 16 sites and will support these sites to have solar energy systems installed by December 2021:
These solar energy systems will deliver significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and cost savings for these facilities, as well as bolstering local support and understanding of renewable energy.
The $3.73 million Community Power Hubs program supports Victorians to act on climate change and forms part of the Victorian Government's commitment to deliver low-emission, low-cost energy services and the transition to net-zero emissions.
The program’s pilot ran from 2017- 2020 and greatly contributed to reducing Victoria’s carbon emissions, adding 1.35MW renewable energy capacity back to their communities and saving the local project sites $364,000 in annual electricity costs. It is anticipated that the Community Power Hubs program 2021 will contribute to delivering similarly positive outcomes for these communities and for all Victorians.
Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for project updates.