BENDIGO could see a community-owned solar farm developed as the Bendigo Sustainability Group works with the state government to further locally-owned renewable energy projects.

The Bendigo group is one of three in Victoria taking part in the community power hubs program, along with Ballarat and the Latrobe Valley.

The group plans to consult on the potential development of the region’s first community-owned solar farm, expected to produce between one and five megawatts on Bendigo’s
outskirts.

It would be owned by members of the central Victorian community with local households and businesses able to buy the power generated.

The group also hopes to develop electric vehicle charging stations into a number of projects and also push for a package of solar panel installations for several buildings with larger roofs and energy
demands.

“I think there’s a real future in this, not just to produce cleaner energy, but also to build our local economy,” BSG president Chris Weir said.

“Bendigo is emerging as a real leader in the adoption of renewable energy at a community level and, even now, community power hubs are generating interest from further afield and we’re keen to help others learn from our
experience.”

The full list of projects the groups are advocating for are available to be viewed at the newly-launched website www.communitypowerhub.com.au