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Community forum to discuss locally owned, clean energy solutions

Did you know support is available to fund solar for community buildings, businesses & local facilities?

This opportunity will be explored at a community meeting taking place on Monday 6th June at Swan Hill Neighbourhood House hosted by the Bendigo Sustainability Group.

Not for profit Bendigo Sustainability Group (BSG) has been working with communities for many years now on locally driven & owned, clean energy solutions. This includes assisting groups to add solar to their facilities so they can save money on expensive power bills & contribute to the clean energy transition.

“We’re passionate about this work, not only because we want to address the issue of climate change, but also to find collective solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this, we want to make sure that the solutions created are locally owned & as such benefit Loddon Mallee & its communities.” says BSG’s president Colin Lambie.

The BSG’s latest initiative “Community Power Hub Loddon Mallee” is funded by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. It’s all about taking that passion, knowledge, & practical advice to communities across the region & assisting local groups to take up the opportunities that are available.

“Through our work we have found that whilst many of us understand climate change is a big issue that needs to be addressed, there’s a gap between talking about it versus making solutions relevant, practical & affordable,” says John McDonald who will be presenting on behalf of BSG.

“We’re on a mission to help as many people & groups as we can to see what’s possible, navigate the complexities & find innovative ways to fund & install solar systems. All with the aim of increasing solar uptake…. building by building….community by community.”

This upcoming meeting will be an opportunity for locals to hear about existing solar projects, ask questions, understand the benefits & access support for their own solar ideas & projects.

Some of the projects being presented will include:

  • A recreational facility that raised $32,000 through a community “donate a solar panel” campaign, to fund their 31kW solar PV system
  • A local fire brigade that accessed support to research and source funding for a solar and battery system, allowing them to operate even when there is a power outage
  • A neighbourhood house that gained assistance with accessing rebates and were then able to fully fund their own solar system
  • A solar system owned by a community group, installed on a local Council facility. The electricity generated was then sold to the Council at a commercial rate, providing an income stream for the community group.

This meeting is FREE to attend with light refreshments provided, with registration required for catering purposes ( please! ) via: www.bsg.eventbrite.com.au/swan-hill

The meeting is one of 6 sessions happening in June:
In-person community discussions, with refreshments included:

  • Swan Hill: Monday 6 June, 12.30pm – 2pm
    Swan Hill Neighbourhood House, 98 – 100 Gray St
  • Kerang: Tuesday 7 June, 2pm – 3.30pm
    Kerang Neighbourhood House, 11 Scoresby St
  • Echuca: Thursday 16 June, 2pm – 3.30pm,
    Echuca Neighbourhood House, 261 High St
  • Wedderburn: Friday 17 June, 2pm – 3.30pm
    Wedderburn Neighbourhood House, 24 – 34 Wilson St

Online community discussions, Zoom links provided after registration:

To register for additional sessions visit: http://bsg.eventbrite.com
For more information visit www.bsg.org.au/solar or contact the BSG on 03 5443 5244

You can also share your views on clean energy for your community, or express interest in realising solar for your local facility via: surveymonkey.com/r/bsg-solar

For questions, images and interview, please get in touch with Karen via [email protected]et  or 0483 104 361