BREAZE to Host the Grampians Community Power Hub

IMG 4025On Thursday 9 July Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily d’Ambrosio, announced $6.5 million to expand the Community Power Hubs program and provide new grants for community organisations. 

 BREAZE Inc. has been nominated as lead partner organisation for the Community Power Hub (CPH) for the Grampians region and joins six other organisations in the expanded CPH program: Loddon Mallee hosted by Bendigo Sustainability Group; Barwon South West hosted by Geelong Sustainability Group; Hume hosted by Indigo Power; Gippsland hosted by Gippsland Climate Change Network. The 2021 program also includes two metropolitan CPHs - metropolitan Melbourne hosted by Yarra Climate Action Network and the Greater Yarra Valley and Ranges hosted by Healesville CORE Group.

The Hubs are envisaged as assisting small business and community organisations to help the transition to renewable energy to halve emissions by 2030.

This regional program expands on the Pilot program which ran from 2017-2020 and substantially boosted Victoria’s renewable energy capacity, saving thousands in energy costs, adding 1.35MW of renewable energy capacity into communities – reducing annual carbon emissions by 1,839 t.CO2e and saving $346,000 in electricity costs. This 2021-2022 program hopes to achieve similarly benefits for Victorians while accelerating our transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future. 

BREAZE is honoured to be once again be managing such an important and timely program, one that will help local communities to build cheaper energy infrastructure that will also be more resilient when bushfires hit. 

BREAZE volunteers will be looking for viable projects and seeking to engage with potentially interested groups such as: not-for-profit operators of social housing and retirement facilities, community child-care centres, kindergartens, Men's Sheds, environmental and sustainability groups, neighbourhood associations, sporting clubs, colleges and universities, animal welfare organisations, scouts, scholarship funds, public museums and libraries, and cultural organisations.

Possible projects include: solar arrays, solar bulk buys, solar streetlight installations in community facilities and households, community batteries, virtual power plants, and small scale utility solar and wind.

BREAZE  will be collaborating with Sustainability Victoria and Hepburn Wind, our Hepburn branch partner, and will be seeking other partners across the Grampians to enable the much needed transition to a low carbon, clean energy future. 

As a one-stop-shop for advice on being energy efficient, the Grampians Community Power Hub will be one of the most important platforms for communities in this region to move towards a renewable energy system. Working at the grass roots level to empower our local communities with the knowledge and support they need, is crucial if we are to make the transition to a low carbon, clean energy future and to meet Victoria's emissions reductions target.

If you or your group has a project in mind please contact me -  or head to our form to register your interest.