Geelong region set for solar power boost
A new project is using community buying power to fast-track solar uptake in the greater Geelong region.
A new community bulk-buy initiative, supported by RACV, aims to fast-track the uptake of solar and help Victoria reach its renewable energy targets.
The Geelong Community Solar Program will enable individual householders and businesses in the greater Geelong region to leverage the community’s bulk-buying power to access clean, affordable energy from quality solar and battery systems.
Covering an area of more 9000 square kilometres, with a combined population of 370,000 across Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe council areas, it is Victoria’s largest community rooftop solar and battery project.
Community advocacy group Geelong Sustainability, which is leading the initiative, has chosen RACV and energy services provider Mondo to deliver the project. RACV will be responsible for designing and installing residential and business solar and battery systems, using local installation teams to support local jobs and the local economy.
This involvement continues RACV’s ongoing commitment to clean energy through its own solar business as well as extensive investment in energy-efficiency measures across RACV resorts, club facilities and offices. These measures, including rooftop solar and lighting and air-conditioning upgrades, have lowered RACV’s carbon emissions by an estimated 5000 tonnes a year, the equivalent of taking more than 1600 cars off the road.