Community energy projects are a great opportunity for people to come together and work towards achieving their clean energy goals whilst bringing economic benefits to their region.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s $300,000 Clean Energy Knowledge Sharing Initiative is supporting 10 projects and feasibility studies across the state.
Community-owned COREM has received $22,000 to investigate design options for recommissioning the state heritage significant Mullumbimby Hydro-electric Power Station, which ran from 1926 until the 1960s.
COREM’s project manager, Svea Pitman, welcomed funding for a pre-feasibility study, adding COREM’s vision is for Mullumbimby to be run on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. “The Mullum Mini Hydro could provide a key piece of this puzzle,” she said.
The resources below provide valuable information for community groups across the state that want to build community-owned renewable energy projects
The NSW Government is a proud supporter of community-owned renewable energy. This guide was commissioned to provide an overview and first steps in starting your own project.
The guide provides an overview of:
- What is community-owned renewable energy,
- Why it’s a great opportunity, and
- How to go about making it happen.
This report provides research results on community attitudes towards renewable energy, self-assessed knowledge of renewable energy, and wind and solar farms in New South Wales.
The survey showed the vast majority of people (91%) supported the use of renewables to generate electricity in NSW. There was also a widely held view that NSW should be producing more of its electricity in this way (83%), rather than less (3%), or maintaining current levels (11%).
Benefit sharing mechanisms can provide long term economic and social benefits for communities that host wind farms. The NSW Government commissioned a review of international benefit sharing models for wind farms to help identify options and best practice for the local market.
Benefit sharing mechanisms broadly fall into three main categories:
- Payments to communities
- Payments to the landowner
- Community co-ownership
Hear from a resident living next door to a wind farm and the benefits it has brought the community.
The NSW Government is supporting three ‘Solar Gardens’ trials in Blacktown, Shoalhaven and Byron Bay. The aim is to help those living in apartments, rentals or low-income housing to benefit from solar energy
A ‘solar garden’ is a shared solar farm that households can buy into and receive a credit on their electricity bill. This innovative solution could provide renewable energy for the 30 percent of Australians who are unable to install solar on their homes.
The project is being led by the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures and Community Power Agency and funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency
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