CPH Ballarat Stacked Logo Reversed on BlueBREAZE has been delivering the Victorian Government’s Community Power Hub (CPH) Pilot Program for Ballarat since mid 2017. During this period the BREAZE volunteers have contributed over 1,250 hours investigating the feasibility of over 40 proposals for community owned, operated or funded renewable energy projects.

The CPH Ballarat Project Control Group has completed the following projects by provision of technical and financial evaluation:
• Ballan Community House Solar Electricity and Energy Efficiency Project (Funded by Hepburn Wind Farm and Powershop)
• McCallum Disability Services Packing Facility 40kW Solar PV (Funded by Renewable Communities Fund)
• Coghills Creek Community Hall 6kW Solar PV (Funded by Renewable Communities Fund)
• Skipton Hospital Straw Heating (Funded by Renewable Communities Fund)
• Invermay Recreation Centre Solar PV

Read more: Community Power Hub Ballarat Names Flagship Project

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio visited McCallum Linen Service on Wednesday 11th July to see how a feasibility study for the investment in renewable energy could impact on the business and create community benefits.

McCallum Linen Services, run by the social enterprise McCallum Disability Services, has been the proponent for one of the Community Power Hub Ballarat’s completed feasibility studies for renewable energy projects that can be owned or operated by the community.

The project proposes to include a 99kW rooftop solar system and an automated 2,000 kW woodchip boiler system. These new energy sources would according to the feasibility study reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 560 tonnes per year, provide 47 percent of the business’ electricity and save over $100,000 per year in gas bills. The biomass heating system would utilise 743 tonnes per year of wood wastes. 

Minister D’Ambrosio met the staff of the Linen Service and discussed the benefits that the $1million investment could make to the business, the local economy and the environment. She said “The Community Power Hub Ballarat is helping local communities find and realise renewable energy projects that are financially viable, technologically feasible and socially acceptable.” “In June 2016 the State Government committed to Victorian renewable energy generation targets of 25 per cent by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025. Projects like this, as well as windfarms, large solar arrays and emerging technologies like pumped hydro, can play an important part in getting us there.”
Community Power Hub Ballarat has provided $6,500 and many volunteer hours to assist McCallum Disability Services to assess the feasibility of the wood waste powered boiler system and rooftop solar plant.
BREAZE President and CPH Ballarat Project Control Group spokesperson Ian Rossiter said:
“Ballarat needs to better utilise the hundreds of tonnes of wood waste collected from building sites, manufacturing plants, transfer stations and urban tree removal to produce renewable energy.
“The Beaufort Hospital and Meredith Dairy are great local examples of how wood waste is being used to provide hot water that was previously heated by fossil fuels.”
“The next step for the proposed project is for the Community Power Hub to finalise a business case that identifies and quantifies project risks, maintenance and replacement costs with a view to determining the return on investment and most appropriate means of financing the initiative.”

Further information can be found about the $900,000 Community Power Hubs pilot project being conducted in Ballarat, Bendigo and La Trobe Valley by visiting the Community Power Hubs Website.

Read more: Community Power Hub Ballarat Ministerial Visit

20180221 Peter Reid breazeHere is a video presentation, all about the projects that have been identified for feasibility studies as Community Power Hub projects in the Ballarat region, including the flagship project.

You will also gain a better idea of what the local community power hub is offering. We are also looking for more great community energy projects ideas/proposals to add the investigation pipeline.

This is a video of the Smart Living Ballarat event, held in the Ballarat Library on Wednesday the 21st of February 2018.  To see the upcoming Free library events, run by Smart Living Ballarat, please see the events on their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/smartlivingballarat/

Thanks to our volunteer, Stephanie Patterson, for creating this video for BREAZE.

Read more for the videoWhat are our Power Hub Projects?

What is the Community Power Hub Ballarat?

The pilot Community Power Hub Ballarat is one of three across Victoria that is being established to assist the community in accessing the skills and expertise required to develop and deliver community-based renewable energy projects.

CPH Ballarat will have a group 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 the Community Power Hubs will become a long term self-sustaining presence.


Who is managing this project?

Ballarat Renewable Energy & Zero Emissions (BREAZE) has been appointed by Sustainability Victoria to establish a Community Power Hub in Ballarat.

The hub is managed by BREAZE on a day to day basis but governed by a roundtable of interested advisors, who will establish criteria for selecting projects and oversee the development of the selected projects.  As far as the particular projects are concerned, groups of suitably skilled people will be set up to provide assistance in their feasibility or implementation.

How is CPH Ballarat funded?

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.

What is the key role of the CPH Ballarat?

The role of hub is to provide support to individuals, groups or organisations that want to develop community power projects.

During the first two years of operation, the hub will identify at least four projects that will have feasibility studies completed on them and one flagship project that will be implemented.

What type of projects are being targeted?

We have a very broad definition of community energy, including the application of well-established renewable technologies delivered in new and inclusive ways. What are we looking for? – Renewable Energy Projects - Waste to energy, bioenergy/heat, wind, household solar, hydro, bulk buy schemes, partnerships with council – the sky’s the limit!

What size should the projects be?

Projects being considered are in the range of 20kW to 500kW.

Who should be interested in submitting their project for consideration by CPH Ballarat?

We want to hear from any person or organisation who has a great idea for a renewable energy project that benefits our community. No matter when over the next two years, we are very keen to hear about any community energy projects that you are considering or any interest you may have in supporting such projects via the governance or project support mechanisms.  We have a very broad definition of community energy, including the application of well-established renewable technologies delivered in new and inclusive ways, so don't hesitate to get in touch.

How can I submit my project?

You can attend one of our Open House sessions or the Ballarat Workshop.

  • Beaufort, Open House/Drop in session, Tuesday 3rd October, Beaufort Development Centre,
    4 – 7pm
  • Ballan, Open House/Drop in session, Thursday 5th October, 2017, Ballan Community House,
    4 – 7pm

  • Daylesford, Open House/Drop in session, Tuesday 10th October, Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre, 4 – 7pm
  • Ballarat, Workshop, Thursday 12th October, 2017, Provincial Hotel, 6.15 for 6.30pm – 8.30pm

OR see us at the

You can submit your project details on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommunityPowerHubBallarat

CPH Ballarat can be contacted on:

03 5364 2909 | | https://www.breaze.org.au/programs/cph
19 Dawson Street Sth, Ballarat | PO Box 1301, Bakery Hill 3354

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Community Power Hub Ballarat

  • Are you worried about our energy prices and the future?
  • Do you have too much of something great – sun, wind, waste, agricultural byproducts?
  • Are you an individual, group or organisation that wants to develop and operate a community power project from a renewable energy resource or energy efficiency initiative that benefits the community?

Why not come along to one of our Open House/Drop in sessions or the Ballarat Workshop to tell us about your idea or find out more about this exciting program. We will also be taking part in the Hepburn Shire Council Carbon Free Action Workshop.

Can’t make it?  Any person or organisation who has a great idea for a community power project can submit their project idea directly to the CPH Ballarat team.

Read more: Public Information/Open House/Workshop Events

Community PowerHub Horizontal LogoBREAZE has been appointed by Sustainability Victoria, for two years from July 2017, to establish the Community Power Hub Ballart (CPH Ballarat).  This entity will assist renewable energy projects in our region, in the same way that other hubs in Bendigo and the La Trobe valley will support projects in their regions.

A centralised website for all the Community Power Hubs contains all the information you need.    There has also been a facebook page setup for the latest news and Q&A.

From the website you can find out

What is a Power Hub

What is BREAZE's involvement

The Ballarat Projects

Don't forget that this months talk at the Library is about Community Power Hubs.


CPH Ballarat can be contacted on:

 5364 2909


 PO Box 1301, Bakery Hill 3354

19 Dawson Street South, Ballarat

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