Saturday, August 17, 2019

Our energy retailer Powershop have launched a new product that is simpler and easier to use, called PowershopLITE.  Powershops normal range of products enables their customers to purchase energy packages, giving them the choice to buy energy when its cheaper or to pay small premiums for initiatives they care about, like our Hepburn Wind product.

Powershop understand that not all of their customers have the time to navigate energy packages, so they have decided to offer PowershopLITE which is a set monthly rate. It still has all the perks of Powershop, offering 100% carbon-neutral energy at no extra cost and giving customers a great range of energy tools so they can look at their usage.

If you would like to know more about PowershopLITE and if it is the right option for you, have a read of the info sheet here.

The Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy is well on track to meet their goal of adding 800 kilowatts of solar generation capacity in the Hepburn Shire. Currently, 135 solar and battery systems have been ordered through the bulk-buy program, which will cut CO2 emissions by 1,200 tonnes annually once installed.

For households who would like to participate in the solar bulk buy, you could also benefit from the State Governments new program Solar Victoria, which is offering generous subsidies for solar panels.

For more information about the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy visit www.mash.org.au/hepburn or call 1300 466 274.

The Hepburn Shire Council have re-launched their Solar Savers program to help low-income households access solar. Many pensioners and concession card holders find that the upfront costs of solar are an insurmountable hurdle. Solar Savers helps make solar more accessible to these households by purchasing these solar systems on the behalf of households and then facilitating repayment in instalments through property rates. The repayment costs are lower than the bill savings, meaning that residents should be in front from day one.

If you are a pensioner and interested in getting solar, please contact Solar Savers on 9385 8512, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Renowned artist, Cameron Robbins will be in residence at Hepburn Wind from October 16 to November 4. This residency will culminate in a two-day exhibition of drawings, film and photography at the Leonards Hill Hall.

Cameron Robbins works to make tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. He has a studio and travel based practice, making installations and exhibitions transcribing natural forces into drawings and sound works.

Robbins works will be on show at the Leonards Hill Hall at 2095 Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Leonards Hill on Saturday 3 November from 2pm - 6pm and 4 November from 10am - 2pm.

We encourage all Hepburn Wind supporters to come down and have a look. Register on our Facebook event here if you would like to attend.

Interesting article from the CEO of ARENA about renewable energy in the future [read more]

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today announced Gippsland Climate Change Network as the host organisation of one of the pilot Community Power Hubs in Latrobe Valley.

Earlier this year, the Victorian Government committed $900,000 for three, two-year pilot Community Power Hubs in Bendigo, Ballarat and the Latrobe Valley to support the development of community-owned renewable energy projects.

The community-owned and operated pilot Hub will drive economic and technological investment in the Latrobe Valley region, create jobs and help to reduce energy bills.

Gippsland Climate Change Network will collaborate with other community organisations, local government, business and industry to share knowledge, and identify existing or future opportunities for community energy projects in the region.

Latrobe Valley businesses and local government are already investing in renewable energy projects. For example, Latrobe City Council Baw Baw Shire, Wellington Shire Council, Gippsland Grammar, and manufacturers; Safetech and Fishers, have all installed big solar PV systems recently.

This initiative will contribute towards delivering the government’s renewable energy target of 25 per cent by 2020, reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and creating new jobs in new sectors.

The state government has launched several initiatives to support community energy which are outlined in the Victorian Renewable Energy Roadmap - http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/energy/renewable-energy/victorias-renewable-energy-roadmap

Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“Public interest in community energy projects has increased significantly over the years and we want to empower Gippslanders to have greater control over their energy as well as minimising their climate change impact.”

“With only 18 per cent of Victoria’s electricity currently coming from renewable sources, we want to grow capability and enable Gippsland to reap the economic benefits of community-owned energy.”

A recent article in the Guardian looks at Large scale Solar Industry investments.  [read more]

The public appetite for community funded renewable energy appears to be limitless, with projects proving so popular they are selling out within minutes of being offered to investors. The latest initiative — a massive solar panel system on top of a wholesale bakery in western Sydney — saw people flocking to invest. Within six hours, 20 investors had pitched in almost $400,000 to install a huge 230 kilowatt solar system on the bakery's roof. The project has been set up by volunteer-run ClearSky Solar Investments. Here's how it works The company Bakers Maison will pay investors for the solar energy it uses over a period of between seven to 10 years. The investors get a 7 per cent return on the money they put in. After that time, the business owns the panels and will use its energy [read full storu]

Read the repor ton the Samso Renewable Energy project and it's 10 years of Development and Evaluation [read more]

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