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Small-scale renewable energy installation capacity hits 6000 MW

By ECD (Electrical+Comms+Data) Staff
Friday, 01 September, 2017

The small-scale renewable energy installation capacity in Australia has reached 6000 MW with around 2.8 million installations, according to theClean Energy Regulator.

Queensland is leading the charge, with the largest uptake of systems under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

Clean Energy Regulator Executive General Manager Mark Williamson said these installations now have the capacity to generate or displace approximately 11.2 million megawatt hours of electricity each year.

“More than one in five Australian households now have solar panels installed on their roof, and that’s the highest rate per capita in the world,” Williamson said.

“We’ve also recorded a trend in larger systems being installed over the past few years, with the average capacity of a system increasing by 12% from 2015 to 2016.”

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme provides incentives to households and businesses by issuing small-scale technology certificates for every megawatt hour of renewable energy generated or displaced by an accredited solar panel, wind or hydro system, solar water heater or air source heat pump.

Small-scale systems include capacity of up to 100 kW, or about 20 times the size of the average household system.

Webinar invite

Today the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE) with the support of Environment Victoria is excited to launch the revised Small-scale Community Solar Guide.

This Guide is perhaps one of the most useful resources available to community energy groups looking to develop their first project.  The guide is filled with practical tips, case-studies and the key information you need to know to get started talking to potential host-sites.

The first version of the Small-scaled Community Solar Guide (originally called the Behind the Meter Solar Guide) was developed and launched in 2015 as part of the National Community Energy Strategy.  Unfortunately, the Guide got lost in all the great content so many community energy groups are unaware of its existence.

That’s why C4CE has prioritised revamping and re-releasing this great resource.

The Small-Scale Community Solar Guide includes:

  • 10 case-studies of successful community solar models,
  • An overview to the key technical, financial and legal factors that make small-scale projects the most successful approach to community energy in Australia so far,
  • An introduction to a common legal framework, showing how the different case-studies are similar and different legally and sign-posting the different types of legal agreements that you are likely to need,
  • Tips for engaging with potential host-sites, and finally
  • A decision tree that your group can work through to decide which approach you should take.

To find out more you can:

  1. Download the Guide here
  2. Join tonight’s Webinar, where C4CE’s Tom Nockolds will introduce you to the Guide’s main features.  To register for tonight’s webinar click here.

C4CE would like to thank all the community energy groups that contributed to this guide, as well as Sustainability Victoria for providing the funding needed to update and get this Guide out into the world.

This is Version 2 of the Guide, we have no doubt there will be a Version 3, so if you have suggestions or tips for making the Guide even more useful please email secretariat@c4ce.net.au.

We hope you will find this Guide and the upcoming event series (see more detail below) useful.

Kind regards

Tom Nockolds & Nicky Ison
C4CE Secretariat, www.c4ce.net.au
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Memberships

The committee have decided on pricing of memberships for JUNEE SHIRE COMMUNITY POWER PROJECT.

Membership is not compulsory to benefit from the project or to attend meetings, it is only to help with admin costs and to help the community.

Membership prices are:

Single $20.00 per year.

Family $40.00 per year (2 Adults plus children).

Concession $10.00 per year (this is a self assessed option) .

Child $5.00 per year.

We will be setting up a bank account soon and will have a page ready for you to join, if you would like to join today and pay later you can fill in the membership form now and we will contact you when the bank account is ready.