A new community bulk-buying solar initiative will help G21 residents and businesses take up solar panels and battery systems.
The Geelong+ Community Solar Program, the largest in Victoria, aims to fast-track renewable energy uptake in the G21 region, to help Victoria achieve its renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.
It will also give homeowners and businesses access to clean, affordable energy from quality solar and battery systems.
Community not-for-profit group Sustainability Geelong, which is leading the initiative, has chosen RACV Solar and energy services provider Mondo to deliver the project.
Participants can make money when they install a battery through the program – even if they already have solar panels. The Geelong+ Virtual Power Plant will connect a participant’s battery to others in the community to form a larger “virtual battery” that delivers renewable energy to both the home and the grid.
The scheme will help stabilise electricity supply, support more renewable energy and reduce prices across the board. It is also a 100 per cent opt-in program, with no lock-in contract.
Local communities are also set to benefit. For each system installed through the program, one solar panel will be donated towards the installation of a solar system on a local community facility. Up to five not-for-profit organisations will be selected by Geelong Sustainability to receive a donated system in collaboration with local program partners.
The program will hold information sessions around the region, click here for upcoming dates.
You can find out more about the program here: geelongcommunitysolar.com.au