Community Owned Renewable Energy: CORE Geelong

Do you want to see renewable energy projects transform Geelong? So do we! 

Join us and be part of Geelong’s community energy revolution!

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CORE Geelong has been 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!

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

 

Our Projects

Project 1: Crowdfunded Solar System - INSTALLED

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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!

Learn more about the South Geelong Primary School Project here.


Project 2: Community Solar Investment – In Development

Following in the footsteps of ground-breakers like Hepburn Community Wind Farm and Repower Shoalhaven, Geelong Sustainability is now developing an iconic community solar project right here in Geelong.

Our focus is on the development of our community solar financing model for 30-100kW behind the meter solar systems. The model will see community investors able to earn better than bank returns on local solar projects and solar host sites reaping all the benefits of clean, renewable solar power for zero upfront costs. That's a real win-win!

 

Want to join the revolution?

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from community investors and potential host sites.

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Find out more about becoming an investor here 

 

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Find out more about being a host site here

 

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Volunteer to be part of our CORE Geelong team here

 

Our Project Partners

Of course, we couldn’t be doing any of this without support at the highest level, so we are very grateful to our project partners: 

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