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30kW community solar farm - Australia's largest to date - completed in NSW

30kW community solar farm – Australia’s largest to date – completed in NSW

One of Australia’s first, and biggest community-owned solar farms set to be launched in Tathra on NSW south coast. The project’s 200 PV panels – arranged to spell the word ‘imagine’ – will help power the town’s treatment facility.

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Shares set to be offered in pioneering Sydney community solar plant

Shares set to be offered in pioneering Sydney community solar plant

Shares in one of Australia’s first community solar projects – 500kW array at International Convention Centre Sydney – to be offered to public end 2015.

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1MW community-owned solar farm planned for Goulburn

1MW community-owned solar farm planned for Goulburn

Goulburn group wins $50,000 grant to investigate feasibility of building what would be Australia’s largest community-owned solar project.

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Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

Byron shire aims for zero net emissions within 10 years, the first region in Australia to reach that goal. ‘All revolutions start from the bottom up, and what is required is a revolution,’ said Stephen Bygrave, head of Beyond Zero Emissions, which is providing a blue-print for the plan.

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NSW allocates funds for community renewable energy projects

NSW allocates funds for community renewable energy projects

Projects in Lismore, Mullumbimby and Coffs Harbour – including solar, mini-hydro and bio-gas – get funding from NSW government.

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Crowdfunding campaign to provide 15kW solar for community housing

Crowdfunding campaign to provide 15kW solar for community housing

Victoria-based crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $30,000 to install 15kW of solar on a Melbourne community housing facility.

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Work begins on NSW solar, wind and hydro 'energy park'

Work begins on NSW solar, wind and hydro ‘energy park’

Sydney company Pamada says work has begun on its $190m Kyoto Energy Park project combining wind, solar and a “water battery” – despite RET uncertainty.

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America's biggest utility to co-develop 8.2MW of community solar

America’s biggest utility to co-develop 8.2MW of community solar

US utility NRG Energy to sell solar directly to consumers in Colorado, via a JV with a local group to develop 8.2MW of community solar.

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Community energy retailer to take its plans to the people

Community energy retailer to take its plans to the people

Consortium formed to establish Australia’s first community-owned energy retailers to show plans to local towns for feedback.

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Lismore gives green light to 200kW community owned solar farm

Lismore gives green light to 200kW community owned solar farm

Lismore gives green light to 200kW community owned solar farm, and also endorses plan for 100 per cent renewables.

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Community renewables in spotlight in UK with new govt initiatives

Community renewables in spotlight in UK with new govt initiatives

New govt initiative requires renewables developers to offer project stake to local community groups. Another allows locals to buy shares in new wind, solar, hydro projects for just £5.