Geelong has taken a big leap into the global energy transition with the launch of a local Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) team. The team has formed to get projects up and running so that the Geelong community can benefit from locally produced energy, cheaper energy prices and support for renewable businesses in the region.
An initiative of Geelong Sustainability, the CORE team is made up of over 30 people from the Geelong community, including business owners, employees, retirees and community leaders who are keen to get on with creating practical projects and support Geelong’s transition into decentralised energy supply.
Kris Puglia joined the CORE team in June, and is excited about getting involved in a community-led project... “It’s been great to meet other people from Geelong who are keen to put the politics to one side and get on with creating projects to strengthen our community. I’m loving working with the group to identify good sites for harnessing local energy, and taking practical steps towards a better future for Geelong.”
Renewable industries are growing rapidly around the world, and community owned renewable schemes are growing exponentially in other advanced economies. In Scotland there are now 249 community energy projects up and running, and over 47% of Germany’s installed capacity is owned by citizens and communities.
In Australia the community energy sector is still new, with over 60 groups working around Australia to develop community energy projects. So far, 19 projects up and running in various states and territories, including Hepburn Wind and Repower Shoalhaven. Collectively, community owned renewables projects are already generating 50,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy - enough to power 9,000 homes.
Geelong’s CORE team is powering ahead and has short listed five potential sites for community owned renewables. The group meets on the first wednesday of every month in Belmont. If you’re keen to connect with your local community to work on practical, renewable energy projects, sign up here: http://www.geelongsustainability.org.au/core