We have expanded into the Energise Gippsland Community Power Hub

The Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN) was appointed Hub host in 2017 for the initial pilot initiative called the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub. The aim was to bring together local government, community groups, and individuals with a shared interest in sustainable living across the Wellington Shire, Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City Council.

However, at the end of the pilot phase in 2019 this program was expanded to cover all six council areas across Gippsland. We believe people and communities deserve energy freedom. To help us do this Energise Gippsland operates as a subsidiary or service platform for the Gippsland Climate Change Network and focused on community energy projects and partnered initiatives with other organisations.

Our aim remains to identify and overcome challenges faced by communities in delivering their renewable energy projects. To be an independent voice for community members to access advice, partners, and funding opportunities to realise their projects, and to encompasses all forms of renewable energy projects from rooftop solar to off-grid systems and even large-scale solar farms.

We hope to bring to life renewable technology solutions that can inspire other projects in the surrounding communities. Contributing both to local energy security as well as the State’s renewable energy targets.

Why Locate a Community Power Hub Here?

The way we generate energy is changing.

While there is huge potential for community renewables in Australia, there is also a range of barriers that make it challenging for these projects to be achieved.

The Latrobe Valley has a long history of energy generation and the across the region renewable energy developments are taking off to utilise the significant grid connections here. The renamed Energise Gippsland Community Power Hub (EGCPH) is a way for the surrounding communities to take control of their energy needs with solutions that uniquely benefit them.

We want to see more clean power generated locally, used locally and savings that are kept locally, with projects that are characterised by local ownership, participation and benefit sharing.

Some of the things that we can help with are: 

  • Analysis of the situation and development of best value options
    Scoping of the works
  • Defining the products needed
  • Helping to find suppliers and contractors
  • Recommending and connections to finance or funding options
  • Assistance with grant applications
  • Assisting with project management
  • Commissioning and assessment of the results

Projects

The EGCPH is working with communities and local organisations to identify and test the feasibility of community renewable energy projects.

Some of our projects:

  • Licola Wilderness Village – off-grid system
  • Gippy Bulk Buy Round 1 – solar panels, solar hot water units, and smart battery storage
  • Energise Gippsland Solar Program Round 2 – solar panels, solar hot water units, and smart battery storage
  • Gippy Bulk Buy – community solar donation
  • Ramahyuck Solar Farm
  • Yinnar Arts Resource Collective – renewables and energy upgrades
  • Yinnar Solar Footpath
  • Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House – renewables and energy upgrades
  • Rotary Centenary House – solar installations
  • Community College Gippsland: solar system analysis and design
  • And much more…

For more information about renewable energy news across the country, global renewable technology developments, and events, like or follow our Energise Gippsland Facebook page!

You can also follow our Gippsland Climate Change Network Facebook page which has a more environmental, sustainability and community themed focus.

For more technical details about our projects, links to relavent upcoming events, what we have been up too, as well as other goodies, subscribe to the Gippsland Climate Change Network’s Free E-newsletter.

More information

For general inquiries about the EGCPH:
gippslandclimatechangenetwork@gmail.com

For more specific project information:
Contact Chris Barfoot, the Project Officer at cbarfoot@netspace.net.au

For more information about the GCCN:
Email Ian Southall, the Executive Officer at eo@gccn.org.au

There are many ways in which you can be involved. Contact us today for further information.

Are you interested in solar panels on your roof? Have you got an idea for a local community energy project? Do you want to volunteer your time and passion to support a project the EGCPH is implementing?