Over the last year, a group of enthusiastic proponents have been investigating the idea of a CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) project for Sandy Point. Our small committee is continuing to gather information in this rapidly changing world to try to develop a suitable project.


Good progress has been made in pursuing this exciting initiative. We have had some preliminary meetings with advocates in the space and they have strongly encouraged us to continue with our efforts. Reassuringly they also point to many other successful projects of the scale that we are contemplating.


Following on from the early workshops attended by our sub-committee members we continue to gather as much information as we can to move the project forward.


A first step

As a first step, we are investigating the opportunities to install PV panels on available roof areas within the township. These, together with battery storage and, potentially, charging points for Electric Vehicles (EVs) could form the basis of an initial community project. Such an installation would provide a potential revenue source for Community projects and environmental benefits. It’s early days yet and there are numerous details to work through, multiple organisations to get on board and of course the perennial problem of funding but it’s a starting point for what could become a community-wide project.


Online Survey
We are trying to gauge the interest within the Community to the ideas of Renewable Energy projects here. We have set up a short online survey which we hope you will complete to gather some basic information. This will help us to better gauge the Community’s interest in a project and hopefully provide some base data that we can feed into feasibility studies and grant applications. Thanks in advance for your help.

You can complete the survey by going to:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TV8673S

Public Meeting

We will be holding a public meeting in the New Year to discuss the possible options with the community. We’ll confirm a date and time as soon as possible. So please keep an eye on this  webpage and also on the SPCG Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SandyPointCommunityGroup/.


Our small committee meets as and when members are in town. We would certainly encourage anyone with an interest in participating in the project to contact us via energy@sandypoint.vic.au and watch this space.


Further Reading


If you wish to do any further reading here are some interesting websites to follow up on:


www.energy.vic.gov.au/renewable-energy/victorias-renewable-energy-targets

www.eico-op.org.au      

www.hepburnwind.com.au

www.totallyrenewableyack.org.au/2017/03/the-yackandandah-mini-grid-future

www.renewablenewstead.com.au/     

www.ausnetservices.com.au/Community/Mooroolbark-Mini-Grid-Project


A Community Energy Project for Sandy Point