Community energy projects are financed and owned by the community, who control, manage and operate the project. The community also share in the profits it generates.
CE4G has been set up to spearhead local community renewable energy projects in the Goulburn region of NSW, starting with a 1.2 MW AC output solar farm in Goulburn.
We've secured a grant of $2.1M from the NSW government to enable us to add a battery to the 1.8 MW DC solar farm! It's part of the Regional Community Energy program that seeks to encourage community owned renewable projects to accellerate their plans and include innovative additions to their projects. For CE4G, that means a battery!
Ed Suttle, President of CE4G says that this provides certainty to the investors who will now have half the project already paid for by the grant.
"It gives a terrific boost to Goulburn's image as a 21st century city, playing its part in addressing global warming," he said. Read the full media release HERE.
"Now we can get on with the job of building the farm and raising investment from our local supporters," said Mr Suttle.
As we get closer to building the community-owned solar farm there will be opportunities for local people and firms to get involved in helping us with the project.
Shortly we will be advertising for contractors and suppliers to bid for work, but in the meantime we are now looking to employ a part-time Administrator / Project Manager to help with the day to day running of the project.
If you are interested in this position, you can see more information on the kind of person we are looking for and the conditions of employment.
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