Community Solar, Dan

Cut your electricity bills by up to 90% and help save the planet while you’re at it! A community solution to the energy crisis – together, we all benefit. Energy prices have gone up again and people are frustrated with big energy companies. Most homeowners are interested in battery storage, and we’re working as a community to provide easy to understand information and to unlock people-powered group buy discounts from high quality providers. Together, we can switch to solar and battery power, take control of our energy future, and replace big energy with community solar.

People Power Dan

Geelong Sustainability Group and Dan Cowdell (pictured here) is committed to boosting the uptake of renewable energy in the Geelong/Surf Coast region and have been researching ways to assist local residents to better understand options and to enable informed decisions.

We want to:

  1. Replace big energy with community solar, so that together we all benefit.
  2. Simplify the process of getting solar and batteries
  3. Give people a range of options, solar, batteries, solar + batteries, plus all different purchasing and finance options.
  4. Bring the benefits of community group buying power to reduce prices
  5. Give the community a trusted source for solar advice.

To bring benefits of a bulk buy to the community, Geelong Sustainability Group has created the Geelong Community Solar Program in partnership with solar provider ShineHub and local community groups. With support from City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and Colac Otway Shire are bringing their popular Community Solar Program your way.

To introduce the program we’ve scheduled a number of free community events so you can learn how it works, talk to solar experts about what’s good for you, and get exclusive bulk-buy deals on solar and battery systems for your home or small business.
There are 13 local events starting 14 May scheduled in Geelong, Barwon Heads, Drysdale, Lara, Bannockburn, Moriac, Torquay, Waurn Ponds, Colac, Norlane and Smythesdale. For a schedule of events and to RSVP click here. Or go to our website

The Geelong Community Solar Program is brought to your community by Geelong Sustainability Group, Barwon Heads Sustainability Group, Colac Otway Sustainability Group, Frack Free Moriac, Surf Coast Energy Group and Scouts Victoria.

Story and photo: Dan Cowdell