August Update - Community Power Hub Ballarat

Community Call Out for Powerful Possibilities in Renewable Energy Projects!

Tarn Kruger and Ian Rossiter with BSG and Minister Lily D'AmbrosioAny person or organisation who has a great idea for a community power project should contact BREAZE as soon as possible on 5364 2909 or and leave their contact details.

BREAZE has been appointed by Sustainability Victoria to establish a Community Power Hub in Ballarat. This Hub will be a resource for local renewable energy projects and it will identify a minimum of four projects for feasibility studies and one project for implementation, all within the next two years.

Exciting times indeed!

President of the BREAZE, Ian Rossiter, said, 'I am delighted that BREAZE can help the region transition to more community renewable energy; we've always been committed to renewable energy and zero emissions but more community power will improve accessibility, participation and ultimately savings for people who might not otherwise be involved.'

Through Sustainability Victoria, 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. These grants have facilitated the establishment of pilot Community Power Hubs to assist the community in accessing the skills and expertise required to develop and deliver community-based renewable energy projects.

Each regional hub will have groups of local experts available to support community power projects in a variety of ways from preparing a business case, to establishing governance arrangements, to finding consultants or to developing social license for the project. Ultimately it is hoped that Community Power Hubs will become a long term self-sustaining presence.

BREAZE's CPH Ballarat Project Team is Jane Lean (Chair BREAZE Public Fund), Peter Reid (Treasurer) and Ian Rossiter (President) supported by contractor Andrea Mason (Finding North).

The team will shortly announce dates and venues for public information sessions to be held in Daylesford, Ballan, Beaufort and Ballarat in October and there will be a new website established for the project as it is anticipated the CPH Ballarat will become an ongoing entity after the expiration of BREAZE's 2 years funding.

Enquiries can be directed to 5364 2909 or

 

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