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Category: Community Power

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Plans launched for Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer

Plans launched for Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer

A new consortium hopes to become Australia’s first community owned retailer, with plans to build, generate and sell renewable energy in northern rivers region of NSW.

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Why local energy ownership matters

Why local energy ownership matters

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local!

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Which town will be Australia's first Zero Net Energy Town?

Which town will be Australia’s first Zero Net Energy Town?

One NSW town has already expressed interest in becoming Australia’s first 100% renewable, and zero net energy town. Formal applications now open.

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How to live off the grid - even near sunny (!?) Melbourne

How to live off the grid – even near sunny (!?) Melbourne

We’re an average family doing everyday things. The difference between your morning and ours is that you’re probably pulling your power from the grid.

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Solar for renters: Prepaid meter technology targets untapped PV market

Solar for renters: Prepaid meter technology targets untapped PV market

Prepaid Solar says time right to tap one of Australia’s largest solar markets – the estimated 1.8 million vacant rooftops of the residential rental market.

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Shoalhaven seeks $120,000 for 99kW community owned solar project

Shoalhaven seeks $120,000 for 99kW community owned solar project

Updated: Shoalhaven community energy group offers 6.5% return in 99kW solar system at NSW bowling club. Construction starts next week.

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NSW Minister says renewables a 'no brainer' for society

NSW Minister says renewables a ‘no brainer’ for society

NSW Coalition Environment Minister Rob Stokes says renewables a ‘no brainer’ and best way to ‘democratise’ the energy system.

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ACT kicks off 1MW community solar program

ACT kicks off 1MW community solar program

ACT opens bidding for 1MW of community-owned solar as a new coalition formed to tap into groundswell for community energy.

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Communities and wind power: What’s the deal?

Communities and wind power: What’s the deal?

Community-owned projects has underpinned renewable energy in Europe and has major potential in Australia.

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Lismore pushes new business models in pursuit of 100% renewables

Lismore pushes new business models in pursuit of 100% renewables

Lismore is eyeing energy efficiency, a community solar farm, even a community retailer model to meet its 100% renewable targets.

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World's first community-owned tidal turbine comes online

World’s first community-owned tidal turbine comes online

A Scottish town has launched the first community-owned tidal turbine in the world.