Powering up renewable energy in the Barwon South West!

Geelong Sustainability delivered the Community Power Hub Barwon South West from July 1st 2021 to June 30th 2022.

The Community Power Hub was 1 of 7 across the state and was funded by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The Community Power Hub has


Work with communities across the region to develop local energy solutions


Collaborate with community members, local government and other stakeholders to identify community energy projects


Support local communities to deliver implementation ready projects across the Barwon South West


Provide trusted advice to communities on clean energy solutions


Empower communities to make the transition to a zero carbon future


Support community energy groups to deliver events and education forums



Our first project, a solar installation at the YMCA in Newtown was completed in December 2021. The YMCA stadium installed a 60.3kW solar system and 50kW inverter, which is expected to generate around 190 kWh/day and save them around $13,000 a year on their power bill.

The project was funded by The Community Energy Revolving Fund (CERF). Created by Geelong Sustainability, the revolving fund provides an interest free loan to the YMCA who repays the loan using the savings from the solar system.

Geelong Sustainability can then reinvest monies from the Revolving Fund to support other community projects and so the cycle continues to reduce carbon emissions and generate broad community benefits.


The Community Energy Revolving Fund

The Community Energy Revolving Fund was developed using seed funding from the CPH. For more information on the fund please click below
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Additional Projects

  • 115.65kWh worth of solar installed across the Barwon South West with a project pipeline of work that will install an additional 322.9kWh worth of solar across 13 organisations.
  • A series of Community Engagement Forums across the Barwon South West
  • The development of Energy Tips website, a one stop guide for increasing your energy efficiency in your home and business. (Insert link to
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Have you got an idea for a local community energy project?
Looking to get involved in community energy?
Want to see a future driven by renewable energy?

The Community Power Hub is bringing together the skills and vision of community energy groups across the region and empowering local climate groups and their communities. We have also partnered with local councils, community organisations and community groups.

Want to partner with the Community Power Hub for a prosperous and equitable net zero future?

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Geelong Sustainability secured funding through Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, in order to establish 1 of 7 Community Power Hubs across Victoria.