Panels on roofs; BRACE
14 March 2019
Panels on roofs…
We are currently working through our documentation for the Panels on Roofs tendering process. As you can appreciate, these tasks take time and, as we are a volunteer based community group, we are beholden to the vagaries of people’s capacity to complete tasks in a timely manner. As a group, our most pressing concern is that we offer accurate and up-to-date information back to the community to help people make informed choices regarding preferred installers and the most appropriate system to meet their needs. While this means that the overall process may take longer than is ideal, it does provide us with an increased degree of confidence that we will be making robust, well considered decisions.
We are aiming to provide a further progress update later this month.
One of the very interesting things we’ve discovered since we kicked off our work in the middle of last year is the vast amount of activity other renewable groups within the region are undertaking.
Barwon Region Alliance for Community Energy (BRACE) is a network of community energy groups in the G21 region whose purpose is to facilitate co-operation and collaboration among its members.
The G21 region is comprised of five local government authorities: Borough of Queenscliffe; City of Greater Geelong; Colac Otway Shire; Golden Plains Shire; and Surf Coast Shire. Current BRACE members include: 100% Clean Bellarine; Anglesea Community Energy; Barwon Sustainable Energy Alliance; Colac Otway Sustainability Group; Geelong Sustainability; Southern Otways Sustainable; and Surf Coast Energy Group.
The longer term objectives (from BRACE supported by SOS)
As a hotspot for community and local clean energy, we (BRACE) believe that the Barwon/G21 region would be an ideal location for a Community Power Hub. Already our groups have implemented solar PV and battery bulk-buy schemes for residents, the most recent of which resulted in an uptake of over 1.3 MW of rooftop PV, an indication of the level of support for, and commitment to, renewable energy at the local level. Across our communities, we have installed solar power systems for schools and aged care homes using donation and investment models.
Southern Otways Sustainable (SOS), a local not for profit group, was established in 2018 with the aim…
‘To encourage, facilitate and implement a transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy sources.’
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