The Victorian Government has committed over a two year period to develop community-owned and operated renewable energy projects in regional areas of Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley through a series of innovative new grants.
The aim of the pilot Community Power Hubs (CPH) is to assist the community in accessing the skills and expertise required to develop and deliver community-based renewable energy projects. They will be established in regional Victoria following a $900,000 Victorian Government investment in renewable energy.
The pilot CPHs will be hosted by a local not-for-profit or social enterprise organisation that work to co-ordinate and facilitate the development and expansion of community energy in each geographic area while helping to build capacity and skills. The community-owned and operated hubs will drive investment in regional Victoria, create jobs and help reduce household electricity bills.
The pilot CPHs will serve to:
- Reduce greenhouse gases,
- support communities in implementing their renewable energy projects,
- support other relevant Victorian Government energy priorities and initiatives, and
- boost the renewable energy industry in Victoria
Eligible projects might include ‘solar gardens’ and community wind farms.
Grants of up to $110,000 a year over a period of two years are available for the delivery of each of the pilot CPHs. They will be directly supported by a Sustainability Victoria employee during their establishment and pilot development.
Sustainability Victoria will be selecting applicants (hosts) through an application process with the following timeline.
Applications open: 12 April 2017
Applications close: 2pm, 19 May 2017
Assessment and approval: May 2017
Successful applicants notified: June 2017
Announcement of successful projects: To be confirmed
First Community Power Hub kick off meeting commences: To be confirmed
Completion of projects: June 2019
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “Pilot Community Power Hub” in the subject line or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants support representative.
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