Do you want to see renewable energy projects transform Geelong? So do we!
Join us and be part of Geelong’s community energy revolution!
CORE Geelong was established by Geelong Sustainability to facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy system. We’re enabling community investment in renewable energy projects that are financially self-supporting, and return economic as well as social benefits to the community. In short, we’re creating an Energy Democracy!
Watch project leader Dan Cowdell explain how it is set up:
The CORE Geelong Project encourages community participation and investment in renewable energy. Aside from the clear benefits to the environment, we will be establishing a revolving fund for investment in renewable energy projects and social enterprise. Yep, we’re in it for the long haul!
Right now, This project is focused on developing our community solar financing model. Then we’ll be ready to take on large scale community solar and wind projects and even set up a community owned electricity retailer!
Our Community Energy projects are designed so we can all actively participate in our energy future, making renewable energy accessible to all residents of Geelong and take back control of our energy bills from big corporations. We’re also taking action against climate change by driving projects that help not only our local community, but protect our environment for generations to come.
So how does it work? Read more about community energy here
Project 1: Crowdfunded Solar System – INSTALLED
In April 2015 Geelong Sustainability in partnership with The People’s Solar launched the first ever community renewables crowd funding campaign in Geelong – to put solar panels on the roof of South Geelong Primary School. $12,000 was successfully raised and a 9.25KW solar PV system was installed in May 2016. The school is delighted!
Project 2: Community Solar Investment – Installation in Progress
Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong – 156kW Community Owned Solar System
The project will establish the first replicable community solar investment model in Victoria and enable Geelong Sustainability to co-ordinate community driven renewable energy projects in Geelong.
The project at MACS will consist of 156kW of solar in total, 102.6kW on the Residential Care building and 53.4kW on Bella Chara. With over 500 solar panels it will significantly lower electricity costs for MACS and reduce emissions by 210 Tonnes of CO2 per year. That’s equivalent to planting over 1470 trees per year or taking 60 cars off the road.
The project is now fully funded and is expected to be completed in July 2018.
- Investment Launch – Community solar project raises $150K in a week! (18 April 2018)
- Project Announcement – Community solar powering aged care in Geelong (6 October 2017)
Want to join the revolution?
We are currently seeking expressions of interest from community investors and potential host sites.