Replacing big energy with people-powered community energy

Dan CowdellNews

Geelong Sustainability has teamed up with ‘Solar Marketplace’ ShineHub to deliver the Geelong Community Solar Program across Geelong and the greater G21 region. The program is supported by the City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, and Golden Plains Shire.

The goal of the program is to implement a people-powered solution to Australia’s energy crisis that supports local jobs, suppliers and community groups.

The innovative schemes that will be offered exclusively through the Geelong Community Solar Program will help homeowners cut through the confusion of selecting a solar system and supplier, to access a better deal and ultimately, to drastically reduce their electricity bills.

Geelong Sustainability President Vicki Perrett said the response to the Geelong Community Solar Program has been overwhelmingly positive, with over 800 residents registered to attend the information events thus far.

The first event at the Geelong Library was a huge success with standing room only and attendees showing a huge enthusiasm and level of interest to learn how solar and batteries could benefit them.

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Geelong Sustainability is aiming for higher ambition for local clean energy generation, Vicki Perrett told the 200 local residents who attended the first of the information meetings which was held at Geelong Library on 14 May 2018:

“The Greater Geelong region has 16 per cent of households with solar. That’s much lower then many other areas around Australia, where solar uptake is now exceeding 30 per cent.” 

“Geelong Sustainability is committed to boosting the uptake of renewable energy in our region. We want to assist local residents to better understand their options so they can make informed decisions.”

“If you have been thinking about getting solar or batteries, then we strongly recommend that you to register and attend an information session. Find out how solar can cut your power bills and help you get your electricity costs under control.”

Geelong Sustainability aims for over 200 community members to join the “people powered” purchasing scheme to install solar and batteries in their homes or small businesses. Late last year, a similar community campaign ran in Adelaide by Shinehub managed to help over 175 homes make the switch to solar.

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Councillor Sarah Mansfield from City of Greater Geelong introduces the Geelong Community Solar Program

ShineHub CEO and solar expert Alex Georgiou said: “These homes can look forward to a cleaner, cheaper future… slashing their power bills by up to 90 per cent.”

“Australians are fed up with paying some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Big Energy has taken advantage of us for too long - now the community is rising up,” he said.

“The Geelong Community Solar program makes solar and battery technology affordable, accessible and reliable for everyone. Together, we can replace big energy with people-powered community energy.”

For more information and event registration please visit bit.ly/GeelongCommunitySolar