Local Organisations Lead Us To A Clean Energy Future

Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy congratulates Boroondara organisation Lighter Footprints on their appointment as one of the supporting organisations for one of Metropolitan Melbourne’s Community Power Hubs, which will lead the delivery of community projects that will transition the region to renewable and efficient energy sources.

The hub’s lead partner is the Yarra Energy Foundation, in Mr Kennedy’s neighbouring colleague Richard Wynne’s electorate Richmond, is one of seven organisations across the state that will share $3.4 million to boost Victoria’s renewable energy capacity and contribute to meet the state’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

This Metropolitan hub received a grant of $428,500 to bring together a collection of like-minded climate action groups, including Lighter Footprints, to share ideas, knowledge and expand their reach into the wider community – illustrating an integrated approach and to amplify and extend “action” through tangible outcomes. They aim to learn from each other and utilise Yarra Energy Foundation’s shovel ready projects to deliver faster carbon reduction with newly created integrated climate action networks.

The member for Hawthorn said “Metropolitan Melbourne’s Community Power Hub will bring communities and partners together to develop locally-owned and cost-effective renewable energy projects that will benefit the region.

“We are proud to support projects like these to unlock local environmental, social and economic benefits, including cost savings for communities.”

The new hubs build on the success of the previous Community Power Hubs pilot program, which funded 43 projects across Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.

These projects installed 2.5 megawatts of renewable energy, saving $437,000 a year on energy bills and reducing carbon emissions by 4,100 tonnes annually.

Community organisations like sporting clubs, kindergartens and men’s sheds can also now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to install renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and undertake energy audits. This $3.1 million investment will help these organisations save on their energy bills, while also reducing emissions.

This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of community assets and lower energy bills, while creating jobs.

Both programs are part of Victoria’s Climate Change Strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Communities will be empowered to reduce emissions, stimulate innovation and take greater control of their energy bills. For a list of the seven Community Power Hubs, click here.

Apply for grants under the Community Climate Change and Energy Action program.