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Category: Community Power

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Australia's first floating solar plant opened in South Australia

Australia’s first floating solar plant opened in South Australia

Phase one of a 4MW floating solar array being developed at a waste-water plant in South Australia has been launched – an Australian first.

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Beyond Utility 2.0 - the path to energy democracy

Beyond Utility 2.0 – the path to energy democracy

Utility 2.0 is the shift to efficient, low-carbon, flexible electricity. But it won’t work unless it stems the flow of energy dollars out of communities.

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Community 'revolving loan' model delivers 35kW rooftop solar

Community ‘revolving loan’ model delivers 35kW rooftop solar

A funding model based on ‘revolving loans’ has helped develop 35kW of community solar projects around Australia.

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How bulk-buying solar is paying off for communities in Victoria

How bulk-buying solar is paying off for communities in Victoria

One of the many ways to boost renewables is to offer households a bulk-buy price for solar from an organisation they will trust.

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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.