Solar panels will be installed on social housing units at Golden Square in Bendigo and the Eaglehawk Badminton and Table Tennis Centre as part of the Victorian Government’s $900,000 two-year Community Power Hub pilot program.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP said the two projects are the first for the Bendigo Community Power Hub which will initiate, develop and control them and keep the benefits in the region.  

A 30-kilowatt solar system of around 100 panels will be installed on eight social housing units in Golden Square saving each residence around $340 per year. 

The $30,000 project, to be funded through community donations, will help social housing tenants of Community Housing Limited, a not-for-profit organisation that delivers affordable housing to people in need. The financial savings to the tenants will help to increase their financial security and independence.

Another money-saving 30-kilowatt solar PV system will be installed on the Eaglehawk Badminton and Table Tennis Stadium, which is used by hundreds of people each week.  This project will also be supported by $30,000 in community donations. Empowering Eaglehawk has already committed $5,000.

Donations to both projects are tax deductible and an opportunity for the community to support people in need and valuable community sporting organisations.  

The systems will be owned, monitored and maintained by the Bendigo Sustainability Group for 10 years, after which time they will be donated to the building owners to deliver long-term benefits.

The projects will also help the Bendigo Sustainability Group and Community Power Hub Bendigo to develop more community-owned renewable energy projects in Bendigo and other parts of Central Victoria.

Find out about how community power hubs operate and the projects they’re working on in the Bendigo, Ballarat and the Latrobe regions.

Quotes attributable to the member for the Bendigo West, Maree Edwards  

“The community-owned and operated power hubs are driving investment into regional Victoria, creating jobs and will help to reduce electricity bills.  

“Community Power Hubs projects are facilitating networking, and encouraging groups to find out more about developing their own community energy projects and helping to build a better future.” 

Quotes attributable to Bendigo Community Power Hub Project Manager, Chris Corr

“The skills and experience of many people in and around Bendigo are going into these projects. We’ll be developing more sustainable and affordable energy systems for our region.”

“We’re really proud of this project which will help to confirm Bendigo as a real leader in the adoption of renewable energy at a community level.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP