The Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd operates predominantly in south-west Gippsland with over 300 shareholder members. We support communities to drive energy innovations and have leveraged close to $7 million in funding for community-owned and community-led projects. We have driven strategic roadmaps for our region including Gippsland Renewable Energy, Resilient Energy Centres and Resilient Communities.Reports
Old Energy – New Energy Project
A 90kW solar & 42kWh battery array at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi was installed as part of the Old-Energy New-Energy Project. Energy Innovation Co-operative sells the generated electricity to Parks Victoria – the income goes to our revolving Southern CORE Fund, funding even more community projects.Find out morE
Cosy Homes Project
Cosy Homes assists low income households in Bass Coast and South Gippsland to make their homes more comfortable, save money on electricity bills and help renters take advantage of current government grants
The Energy Innovation Co-operative secured a Healthy Homes grant to make 30 homes more energy efficient and cosy for winter.Find out morE
Bright Sparks Community Power podcast
Episode 1: Cosy Homes
For Energy Innovation Co-operative Lovers
4,000 people upskilled in renewable energy & emissions reduction
130 community events
Over 650Kw of rooftop solar installed as part of the Southern Solar Hub Project
Partnered with +50 local organisations
Auspicing community energy groups such as Totally Renwable Phillip Island (TRPI)
About The Fund
What is the Southern C.O.R.E Fund?
The Southern C.O.R.E Fund was created in 2016 and has since helped deliver over 13 successful community projects in our region.
A few examples here:
- Solar thermal heating at the Foster Swimming Pool through the Foster Pool Association
- 32kW of solar panels and 22 kW/hr of batteries at the Traralgon Neighbourhood House. The “Energy Literacy” classes have helped reduce costs for users of one of the busiest neighbourhood houses in Victoria.
- Roof reparation and installation of solar panels to reduce energy costs at Bass Recreation Reserve
- Installation of 14kW of solar panels, saving Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre $3,500 every year
The Old-Energy New-Energy Project is a great example of innovative and collaborative energy innovation projects. Energy Innovation Co-operative sells the generated electricity to Parks Victoria – the income goes to our revolving Southern CORE Fund, funding even more community projects.
By choosing local installers for our community projects, we also help local business grow. You can help support community-led and community-owned projects by donating to our Southern CORE Fund.