On the rise
Community energy projects are on the rise, and one by one these projects are helping to shift the balance of power in Australia’s electricity supply. Since Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy project, Hepburn Wind, started generating in mid-2011, many projects have followed to create a small, but rapidly growing movement, from solar and battery storage projects to replace diesel in remote communities in WA, to bioenergy projects using town and agricultural waste, to partnerships with larger wind and solar developers.
There’s a whole lot of information sharing going on from group to group and project to project to enable others to get started. Find out more about community energy below, including the valuable resources you can tap into such as Z-Net and the Coalition for Community Energy, so that your neighbourhood, school or community group can generate its own clean, green renewable energy.
Community Power Agency reports on the many projects taking off and some of the remaining barriers.Read more
Tenants and residents of strata complexes have traditionally struggled to access solar. Dr Björn Sturmberg and Anna Cumming look at how these groups can join the solar revolution.Read more