What is Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub?
The Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN) was appointed as the host organisation for the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub (CPH LV). The GCCN is working with Sustainability Victoria (SV) to establish the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub and implement locally based community owned renewable energy projects.
Why does the Latrobe Valley need a Community Power Hub?
The CPH LV develops in participating communities the skills and expertise required to create and deliver community-based renewable energy projects.
These are characterised by local ownership, participation and benefit sharing. The power is generated locally, used locally and the savings stay locally.
How will the CPH LV work?
The CPH LV is a project of the GCCN and works under the following governance structure:
- A Project Control Group to ensure that the funds provided by SV are used appropriately.
- A Roundtable Advisory Group to ensure that any projects initiated by CPH LV fit within the renewable energy strategic direction of the region.
- A number of Working Groups to facilitate and progress each of the community energy projects identified through community consultation.
What are the projects the CPH LV will be working on?
The CPH is working with communities and local organisations to identify and test the feasibility of community renewable energy projects. Projects to be considered could include;
- Private finance for a Behind the Meter Solar PV project on a local community centre
- A small Solar Farm close to town where local investors could purchase a share and expect an annual return over the life of the project
- A bioenergy plant using dairy effluent to provide heat and power to a community purchaser.
The CPH LV is conducting a regional audit of all of the available energy sources and sites for power generation across the three local government areas involved.