February 7, 2018

BALLARAT’S COMMUNITY POWER HUB GETTING READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Communities in Victoria’s major regional centres are working with the Victorian Government to develop locally-owned and cost effective renewable energy projects.

Groups in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley region launched a new website today outlining the projects they are investigating as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Power Hubs pilot program

The community-owned and operated hubs will drive investment into regional Victoria, create jobs and help reduce electricity bills.

Community energy projects are initiated, developed and controlled at a local level with the benefits staying in the region.

The pilot community power hubs aim to have at least one flagship project ready for implementation in each regional within two years, and at least three more in the pipeline.

Projects being considered by the Ballarat Community Power Hub include:

  • Solar and/or wind generation plus battery storage for a heritage commercial building in central Ballarat
  • A solar PV and Energy Efficiency upgrade at a local District Community Centre
  • Biomass furnace to generate hot water and steam for a local linen service run by a social enterprise
  • Assisting a local community to set up a renewable energy cooperative to develop their own community owned renewable energy projects
  • Medium scale solar installation and microgrid at a local tourism enterprise delivering benefits back to the Ballarat community.

Supporting community energy projects is just one of the ways the Victorian Government is working to transition to a low carbon, renewable energy future.

For more information visit: www.communitypowerhub.com.au/

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard.

“The community power hubs website will help potential investors, service providers and local communities find out about projects being considered for the Ballarat, Bendigo and Latrobe Valley regions.”

“It will also facilitate networking, encourage groups to contact the hubs and find out more about developing community energy.”

Quotes attributable to Ballarat Community Power Hubs representative, Ian Rossiter

“Apart from wanting to showcase renewable energy innovation, we’ll improve access to community energy, and support other communities implementing their own renewable energy projects.”

“We’ve been very pleased about the level of interest in Community Power Hubs. Many people want to have more of a say about how their energy is produced and really value the idea of being a part of its generation.”