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CERES solar installation

CERES' leadership in environmental innovation and commitment to sharing ideas about sustainability initiatives with their education and community programs is well known and admired. CERES is on a mission to achieve zero emissions and one of the key projects to help them achieve this is installing solar panels on available roof spaces at CERES in East Brunswick. The money received from Powershop customers enabled CERES to install 15kW of solar panels on the roof of their Visitor Centre helping them reduce their emissions by almost 16,000 kg of CO2 and saving them about $2,000 per year.


Daylesford Lake micro hydro project

Hepburn Wind aims to refurbish an antique micro hydro station at Lake Daylesford operated early last century, powering lights and buildings around the iconic lake. They plan to refurbish the existing antique shell of the generator and install a new turbine inside or a similar modern unit beside it to produce clean electricity for the local community once again. The project aims to generate around 12kW dependent on water and grid constraints.


Castlemaine Childcare Centre solar installation

Castlemaine Childcare Co-operative are a not-for-profit community co-operative situated in the heart of Castlemaine. They have been providing accredited, quality child care since they were founded by a group of parents in 1982. The centre is hugely popular with 120 children enrolled, with a waiting list of around the same number. They are committed to sustainability and lessening their impact on the environment and by installing a 10.73kW solar system they will be able to reduce their electricity costs by an estimated 50%. This will enable them to direct the savings towards providing excellence in early childhood education rather than power bills.

Special thanks to The Hub Foundation, organisers of the MASH community solar bulk-buy, for connecting us with this great project.


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Moyola Lodge solar installation

Moyola Aged Care Inc. located in Tatura has three sites – Moyola Lodge Residential Aged Care, Moyola Gardens Retirement Village and Moyola Cottages Rental that provide a range of accommodation choices. Moyola Lodge is an accredited aged care facility where staff, management, families, friends and the community work together to make a difference to the lives of their residents. Installing a 10kW solar PV system will be of great benefit, as it will offset around 12,000 kW of electricity each year, a saving of about $2,000 per year in power costs.

Special thanks to GV Community Energy for connecting us with this great project.


Milparinka solar installation

Milparinka supports people who have a disability to pursue lifestyles that include the same opportunities that all members of the community expect and enjoy. This funding will help Milparinka install a 22.88kW system on their Brunswick centre, saving Milparinka about $4,400 per year in power costs and reducing their CO2 emissions by almost 40,0000 kg. These ongoing savings will enable Milparinka to spend more on what really matters – their community. Projects that will be supported as a result of the savings include a sustainable food waste project and development of their communal garden that provides opportunities for people at Milparinka to have valued roles in their community and to contribute to other people’s lives.

Special thanks to the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited for connecting us with this great project.


Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre

Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre located in Lawson provides support services to a number of small communities between the larger Blue Mountains towns of Katoomba and Springwood. These support services include palliative care, home visits, financial affairs advice, low cost access to facilities such as computers and internet and the vital role of coordinating a response in times of crisis. The installation of an 8kW solar system will generate between $1,500 to $2,000 worth of energy per year will free up funds which can be directed to supporting the local community.

Special thanks to the Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-op for connecting us with this great project.


Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Centre

The Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation providing community, aged care and disability services and training programs for residents located in Gloucester and the surrounding district. It provides these services from the Neighbourhood Centre building, which currently uses about 110kWh of electricity per day. The Energise Gloucester project is planning to install a 30kW solar system at the Neighbourhood Centre which is expected to generate more electricity than they consume on a daily basis for 7-8 months of the year. This will halve the electricity costs for the centre, enabling them to save money and utilise more funds on their core business - projects within the community.

Special thanks to the Energise Gloucester for connecting us with this great project.


Araluen Centre

Araluen Centre is one of the biggest support services for adults with intellectual disabilities in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs. The staff of 100 alongside more than 40 volunteers aim to inspire, empower and support people to have great lives and they do so by delivering around 100 programs and support activities including IT, literacy, vocational training, life skills, socialisation and a thriving arts program. The 20kW solar system will supply nearly 40% of the centre’s energy needs and save nearly $4,000 per year. These funds will free up already limited resources that can be reinvested to both improve current programs and develop new programs that support people with disabilities to ultimately have a better life and help them integrate into our local community.


Williamstown Community and Education Centre Inc

Williamstown Community and Education Centre Inc has been servicing the Hobson’s Bay community for over 42 years. One of two community houses, the Joan Kirner Centre has nearly a 100 members, 22 staff, 22 volunteers, nearly 200 students, 100 children in child care, providing a wide range of educational programs and recreational opportunities to the community, from counselling services, exercise, yoga and meditation to acting, language and music programs for all ages, cultures and interests. The 11kW solar system will supply over 33% of the centre's energy needs and save nearly $3,000 per year. These funds can go directly back into services and programs for the community. In addition this installation contributed to the goals of the Hobsons Bay City Council Environmental Engagement and Community Greenhouse Strategy.


Manna Gum Community Shop and Lounge

Manna Gum is a not-for-profit organisation located in the township of Foster, Victoria that delivers a range of services including emergency relief, education, access to government services and social inclusion programs. The solar installation will reduce their overheads and model a sustainable business practice. The 5kW solar system on the community shop and Lounge will supply over 75% of the energy needs and save around $1,000 per year. These funds can go directly back into services and programs for the community. It will also provide educational opportunities for the community to see a renewable energy system in practice.


Providing All Living Supports (PALS) solar installations

PALS provide essential accommodation, outreach, educational and social inclusion services to multiple communities in northern Victoria. The 4.6kW solar installation on the Yarrawonga Communal Living House and the 5.1kW solar installation on the Cobram Opportunity Shop will save PALS a total of nearly $3,000 a year, contributing to over 20% of both the sites energy needs. These funds can go directly back into providing accommodation options and an educational and occupational base for people with disabilities and supporting people with disabilities to develop skills to live as independently as possible.

Special thanks to GV Community Energy for connecting us with this great project.


Daylesford and Creswick Neighbourhood Centres

The Daylesford and Creswick Neighbourhood Centre’s provide significant services to the Hepburn Shire and the matching 3.24kW solar systems at each centre are expected to generate most of the energy consumed on site, with 90% for Daylesford and 55% for Creswick. These savings will unlock significant funds for community activities and abate around 10 tonnes of carbon annually, contributing to the Shire’s mission to achieve zero-net energy by 2025.

These two installations are a collaboration with Hepburn Wind and regional solar bulk buy program More Australian Solar Homes (MASH).


Natimuk Showgrounds

Natimuk Community Energy was formed to help realise the goal of 100% renewable energy for the region by 2030. The installation of the solar PV system at the Natimuk Showgrounds will help bring community awareness and engagement to renewable energy and Natimuk's goal.

The Natimuk Showgrounds hosts community and sporting events that serve a vital role in the community by creating an opportunity for social gathering, a shared purpose and a sense of pride and identity for the town. The Natimuk Showgrounds also hosted the Community Energy Forum in March 2017. In addition, the Natimuk Showgrounds is the emergency mustering location for the town and was a hive of activity during the 2011 floods.

Installing solar on the Showgrounds facility will have an approximate annual cost saving of $1,700 and offset approximately 13.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

The savings from installing the solar PV system will be used to fund additional upgrades to the facilities at the Natimuk Showgrounds enabling greater community engagement and events.


Farnham Street Neighbourhood House

Farnham Street is an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation that has been delivering adult education and social support programs to the local population since 1979. It predominantly serves people from across the Flemington and Moonee Valley municipalities and caters for a diverse range of community members, including those from different age and cultural groups, and people with varying English proficiency and learning abilities. The installation of this solar 7.56kWh PV system will offset approximately 10,176kWh of electricity each year, and save the organisation around $1800 each year. Farnham Street is seen as a model of sustainability in the local area, with a community garden, water tanks, compost bins and a fruit forest.

The addition of solar panels will add to the commitment that Farnham Street has made to be a leader in the field of environmental protection.


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Money raised to date: $286,344

We think the way energy is generated, how it travels to our homes and how we pay for it is going to change dramatically in our lifetime and we’re excited to see interest from community groups around Australia in renewable energy installations. At Powershop, we think we can help play a role in the future of community energy in Australia.

Powershop have always been great supporters of initiatives that contribute to, and promote the growth of the renewable energy mix in Australia. Groups across the country are raising money for a range of community energy projects and it got us thinking… how can we support these projects? And, more importantly how can we help our customers do the same?

How it works


Your Community Energy is a Powerpack in our shop that has a 6.6c/kWh (incl. GST) premium included. When this product is purchased, we pool all of the premium amounts (excl. GST) and distribute this money to projects we’re supporting in Australia at that time.

We know this doesn’t sound like a lot on its own, however by harnessing the collective power of our customers we think we can do it!

If you spot the Powerpack in the shop and feel like grabbing it, then you can simply purchase it like you would any product. It’s that easy to support community energy!

Where the funds go

We’re supporting all kinds of projects and organisations.

Do you have a project you’d like us to consider supporting?

Shoot us and email with some information about your project and we will be sure to get back to you.



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Since this is a new idea, you may be pondering some questions...

Why is Powershop doing this?

At Powershop, we’re all about trying new things and ultimately giving our customers control. Control in not only knowing how much power you use so you can save more money, but also having a positive impact on the environment. Your Community Energy is our way of facilitating support and funding for small-scale, community energy projects. This initiative is something we’ve decided to do to see if we can:

  • encourage more community energy projects by facilitating fundraising;
  • positively contribute to the renewable energy mix in Australia;
  • demonstrate that clean energy technologies work and that a low carbon energy future is possible; and
  • give all our customers choice and variety in the initiatives they want to support.

What’s the point?

This is your chance to support community energy projects. We hope that our collective support will encourage other community groups to start their own renewable energy project, thus contributing to the small-scale renewable mix in Australia. Your Community Energy projects will receive a share of the total premium collected via this Powerpack. Powershop will not retain any of the premium paid.

This is your chance to pay it forward to renewable-loving communities, by increasing the value of small-scale renewable energy installations and hopefully encourage more projects.

What if I want to buy GreenPower?

Please do! GreenPower is a government-managed scheme that enables Australian households and businesses to displace their electricity usage with certified renewable energy, which is added to the grid on their behalf. By purchasing GreenPower, you are helping to support large-scale renewable energy in Australia. At Powershop, you can buy as much or as little GreenPower as you like (read more about how here). You can buy it in parallel with Your Community Energy - the choice is yours!

I have a community energy project, how can my project be selected?

Please send us an email with some information about your project and we will be sure to get back to you.

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