Community Solar Success!

Jonathan WrightNews, Renewable Energy

The region’s largest ever solar bulk-buy, The Geelong Community Solar Program, closed on December 31st 2021 with 281 locals residents and businesses installing solar and batteries!

Once installations are completed, around 2.5 MW of renewable energy will be added to the local electricity grid, achieving the original goal set out by Geelong Sustainability. 

This will see 2103.457 tonnes of carbon emissions saved each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 460 cars off the road. In addition to the environmental benefits the program is delivering, the communities will also reap the benefits.

Geelong Sustainability partnered with RACV Solar and Mondo to help homeowners and businesses switch to clean, affordable energy by providing them with high quality solar and battery solutions, delivered by the region’s leading solar providers.

RACV Solar is donating a solar panel for every system installed as part of the program. These panels are being donated to and installed on not-for-profit community organisations, including: FeedMe Bellarine, Anglesea Arthouse and Birregurra Lawn Bowls. These sites were nominated by local residents and community groups, and endorsed by Geelong Sustainability. 

Thanks to the engagement and uptake of solar and battery systems as part of the program, around 100kW of solar will be donated across at least 6 community sites.

The Program was open to homeowners and businesses in the Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Queenscliffe and Golden Plains Shires, and had the support of local councils.

Geelong Sustainability wants to thank everyone in the community who supported and participated in the program, and to the local community groups, councils and other partners who helped make the program a success, despite the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geelong Sustainability is committed to empowering our community to transition to a renewable energy future. This program is a great example of how community ambition can result in a huge boost in renewable energy uptake.