March 21, 2018

BALLARAT COMMUNITY POWER HUB PROJECT LAUNCHED

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard joined Ballarat Community Power Hub team members to announce that Ballarat General Cemeteries will develop a renewable energy plan to power the cemetery buildings, and irrigation systems.

The project is part of a $900,000 pilot program funded by the Andrews Government to develop three, two-year pilot Community Power Hubs in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley to support the development of community-owned renewable energy projects.

“The Andrews Labor Government has delivered the most significant investment in renewable energy in our state’s history,” Mr Howard said.

“With the burden of climate change impacting all of us, it’s great to see local communities putting up their hand to take action.

“Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust is working with the Ballarat Community Power Hub on the feasibility to use renewable energy to support their operation.

“The cemetery consumes significant electricity and gas in its day-to-day operations running irrigation systems, buildings and plant equipment.

“By using renewable energy sources this project could potentially become a model for regional cemeteries across the state.”

The Community Power Hubs support the development of renewable energy projects by providing legal and technical expertise, as well as start-up funding for local projects.

Ballarat Community Power Hub is currently considering a number of other local projects including: Solar, wind, and battery storage upgrades for local community facilities and buildings. It is also investigating the establishment of renewable energy cooperatives to develop community owned renewable energy projects.

Further information about the Ballarat Community Power Hub can be found at: https://breaze.org.au/programs/cph