Bass Coast Shire Council is inviting the community to celebrate the completion of the solar energy project at Coronet Bay Community Hall this month.

The event will be held at the Hall (Gellibrand Street) on Tuesday, 29 March from 11.00am and will include a renewable energy community drop in session from 11.30am.

In 2021, Sustainability Victoria, under the Community Power Hubs (Gippsland), awarded the Coronet Bay Community Hall with a $12,318 grant to install an 11.84 kW solar system. As part of this project, additional funding of $482 was provided by the Energy Innovation Cooperative’s Southern CORE fund for an energy audit.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said that it is fantastic to have local groups like the Energy Innovation Co-operative working with communities to help them reduce electricity costs and promote renewable energy.

“This project enables a reduction in electricity costs and contributes to lower emissions, which aligns with actions from our Climate Change Action Plan, supporting our aim to reach zero emissions by 2030,” Cr Whelan said.

“We expect that the installation of the solar panels will reduce electricity costs at the Hall by around $1200 per year, which is an incredible saving.”

Cr Whelan said that anyone interested in learning more about renewable energy should attend the drop in session.

“The session will give community groups, small businesses and individuals the opportunity to talk to representatives from Council, Gippsland Community Power Hub, Energy Innovation Co-operative, Totally Renewable Phillip Island, Gippsland Climate Change Network and Island Energy, to learn more about available grants, renewable energy and sustainability,” Cr Whelan said.

“Community education will aid and support the actions in our Climate Change Action Plan and will help us reach our goals, both for the community and our organisation,” Cr Whelan concluded.