CORE Geelong May Update

Dan CowdellNews

Welcome to the May 2018 issue of the CORE Geelong Update.

In this issue:

  • CORE Geelong One raises $150K in one week!
  • Geelong Community Solar Program
  • Climate Safe Rooms – Successful Grant Application
  • CORE Team next meeting

CORE Geelong One raises $150K in one week!


Our first community owned solar investment project - CORE Geelong One - was fully funded in seven days.

$150,000 has been raised from individuals in the community wanting to invest in local community owned renewable energy!

Vicki Perrett, President of Geelong Sustainability and Director of CORE Geelong one Pty Ltd said, "I am delighted that the offer has attracted applications from twenty investors, who will be equal shareholders in the project. This outcome fulfills our objective for enhancing energy democracy in our region".

The project now moves to its next stage, which is the installation of the 156kW solar system at Multicultural Aged Care Services (MACS) in North Geelong by City to Surf Solar+.

Read more about the successful investment launch here.

Geelong Community Solar Program


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/or supplier, to access a better deal and ultimately, to drastically reduce their electricity bills.

The program will offer exclusive access to the following initiatives:

  • Australia’s first ‘Free System Solar’ Plan – Allowing householders to have a solar and battery system installed for free, accessing the energy it produces at a low fixed rate.
  • ‘Community rates’ on solar and battery systems – A new approach to lowering the price of top quality solar. When the community invests together, everyone benefits.

The response to the Geelong Community Solar Program has been overwhelmingly positive, with over 700 residents registered to attend the information events thus far.

Free local information events start May 14. More information and event registration here.

Climate Safe Rooms – Successful Grant Application

A collaborative project led by Geelong Sustainability has been successful in obtaining $300,000 in funding from the Victorian Governments Climate Change Innovation grants. The project was one of 24 projects funded across Victoria in a highly contested grant round that attracted over 200 applications.

The Climate Safe Rooms project seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from the effects of more frequent extremes of weather by providing a Climate Safe Room, a room that can be a safe haven during heatwaves and times of extreme cold.

In Australia heatwaves have killed more people than all other natural hazards combined. As an example, the death toll from a category five heatwave is expected to be at least three deaths for every 100,000 people exposed. People die from the effects of dehydration, hyperthermia, heatstroke and other related causes.

A Climate Safe Room is an energy efficient room in a standard house that has been upgraded to have good thermal performance - it is fully insulated, draught proofed and will remain comfortable in both summer and winter extremes. In addition, a high efficiency air-conditioner that can be used for both heating and cooling is installed, as well as a small solar PV system to offset the running costs of the air-conditioner.

The project will identify 20 of the most vulnerable members of the Geelong community and audit their home to select the most appropriate room to be retrofitted as a Climate Safe Room. It will involve the coordination of energy efficiency experts and retrofit providers, efficient air-conditioning suppliers and solar PV providers. The project will deliver a Climate Safe Room at no cost to each eligible resident; all costs will be fully covered by grant funding.

Project partners include Geelong Sustainability, City of Greater Geelong, Uniting Kildonan, ecoMaster and the CSIRO. The project is expected to be underway by July 2018.

Next CORE team meeting

During 2018 the CORE Geelong task group will be meeting regularly on the 1st Thursday of the month.

Our next meeting is Thursday 7th June, 7pm – 9pm, in Belmont.

Please contact Dan for more info about attending the meetings

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