Powering Gippsland

The way we generate energy is changing

Project 2022

Opportunities for Gippsland community to benefit from new energy transition are growing!

Since July 2021, some 42 community energy projects have started across Gippsland, reducing energy costs and emissions and enhancing control of energy supply and reliability for participating communities.

There has also been significant growth in our Gippsland community energy network, with more and more individuals and organisations sharing experience, technical expertise and lessons learned.

By connecting with this network, you’ll hear about unique opportunities evolving in the region through partnerships with industry and government featuring renewable projects, innovative solar systems on community facilities and virtual power plant trials.

We look forward to speaking with you.

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Important Project Update

Support from the Gippsland Community Power Hub (GCPH) will change from Friday 26 August 2022, with the completion of the Community Power Hubs program which has been delivered by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

From this date, the Gippsland Community Power Hub will operate at a voluntary capacity under the guidance of our governance group who have generously agreed to continue supporting communities access cleaner and more efficient energy for another year.

The governance group is made up of representatives from GCPH key partners Gippsland Climate Change Network, the Energy Innovation Co-Operative, the Mallacoota Sustainable Energy Group and representatives from other community groups still operating

The change does not affect the availability of free technical advice or the opportunity to network and connect with community energy thinkers and experts.

If you’re working on a community energy initiative in Gippsland and want practical energy transition support, please direct contact to darren.mccubbin@gccn.org.au or 1800 839 007.

Venus Bay Community Centre Solar system

Venus Bay Community Centre:
Solar system

Would you like to be a part of a network supporting community energy?

We offer opportunities to network and connect with community energy thinkers and experts.

The governance group will continue to meet to support, progress and advocate for community energy across Gippsland (including exploring funding opportunities to revive the Hub to full capacity).

The group invites further collaborations as we are stronger working together.

What is a Community Energy Project?

A community energy project is one in which a community is involved in initiating, developing, owning, operating and/or benefiting from renewable energy and energy efficiency development.

Neerim South Hospital

Neerim South Hospital:
Solar installation

Benefits include:

  • Reduced electricity costs
  • Increased energy self-reliance
  • Income generation
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of renewable energy, and
  • Increased community cohesion through working together toward a shared vision.


The GCPH has supported the completion of fourteen community energy projects in the last 12 months to July 30 2022, these include:

Coronet Bay Community Hall

Gormandale Community House

Heyfield Wetlands Information Centre

Lucknow Football Netball Club

Mallacoota Water Treatment Plant

Neerim Health

Venus Bay Community Centre

Carajung South Hall

Bass Coast Adult Education Centre

Sale Neighbourhood House

Tamboon Communkty Bushfire Defence and Response Facility

Mallacoota WWII Bunker Museum

Upgrades to the Renewable Energy Education Trailer

Yarragon Church

Sustainability Victoria Pilot Program Highlights

The following programs are some of the highlights from the Sustainability Victoria Pilot Program, Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub. The pilot program ran from 2017- 2020 and GCCN was the lead organisation.

Licola Wilderness Village

Licola Wilderness Village:
Off-grid system

Yinnar Community Footpath

Yinnar Community Footpath:
Solar lighting

Yinnar Art Resource Collective

Yinnar Art Resource Collective:
Renovations with solar

Loch Sport Community Hall

Loch Sport Community Hall:
Community donation

Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation

Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation:
Solar farm

Traralgon Neighbourhood House

Traralgon Neighbourhood House:
Connections to funders for solar installation

Energy Innovation Co-operative
Community Power Hub
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