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Thursday, 8 February 2018


Communities in Victoria’s major regional centres are working with the Victorian Government to develop locally-owned and cost effective renewable energy projects.

Groups in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe region launched a new website today outlining the projects they are investigating as part of the Victorian Government’s Community Power Hubs pilot program.

The community-owned and operated hubs will drive investment into regional Victoria, create jobs and help reduce electricity bills.

Community Energy projects are initiated, developed and controlled at a local level with the benefits staying in the region. 

The pilot community power hubs aim to have at least one flagship project ready for implementation in each regional within two years, and at least three more in the pipeline.

Projects now being considered for investigation in Bendigo include:  

  • Consultation on the Bendigo region’s first community-owned solar farm which is expected to produce between one and five megawatts on Bendigo’s outskirts and be owned by members of the Central Victorian community with local households and businesses able to buy the power generated; and 
  • Developing a package of solar PV installations for several buildings with larger roofs and energy demands.

Supporting community energy projects is just one of the ways the Victorian Government is working to transition to a low carbon, renewable energy future.

For more information visit:

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP

“The community power hubs website will help potential investors, service providers and local communities find out about projects being considered for the Ballarat, Bendigo and Latrobe Valley regions.”

“It will also facilitate networking, encourage groups to contact the hubs and find out more about developing community energy themselves.”

  Quotes attributable to Bendigo Community Power Hub representative, Chris Weir

“I think there’s a real future in this, not just to produce cleaner energy, but also to build our local economy,”

“Bendigo is emerging as a real leader in the adoption of renewable energy at a community level and, even now, Community Power Hubs are generating interest from further afield and we’re keen to help others learn from our experience."  


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