Benalla Community Energy Project (BCEP)
Renewable Energy Benalla 's Community Energy Project (BCEP) provides a repayable loan to kindergartens and other community buildings to cover the up front costs normally involved with solar panel installation.
Using the CORENA 'revolving' model of funding, a loan is provided to a first host site which then repays the loan based on the savings made by having solar panels on their roof. These funds then become available to install panels on another building.
Repayments are paid into a dedicated Benalla Renewable Energy Fund set up by BSFG. Donations from community members and amounts received from related grants can also be paid into the Benalla Renewable Energy Fund.
REB's first Community Energy Project at the Munro Avenue Kindergarten was seeded by a Community Grant of $5000 from the Winton Solar Farm; a significant donation from Sandy and Sue Campbell to start the fund and an in kind contribution of the cost of installation from Solar Gain. The project was launched by Helen Haines MP in a joyous 'Switch On' celebration at the Munro Avenue Kindergarten on Thursday May 6 2021.
Using community donations to provide solar panels for community buildings, a long term dream of the Renewable Energy Benalla action group and the focus of the Benalla Community Energy Project team, has becomea reality, with the next project the installation of Solar Panels at the Bernard Briggs Kindergarten.
How can you help?
Our revolving fund relies on receiving donations from the community and businesses. You can deposit your donation at the Bendigo Bank or online:
Reference with your name and email your details to us.
If you use a community building which could benefit from an energy efficiency improvement, please contact us:
www.reb.org.au/community energy project
Community Energy Project - Installation of Solar Panels at Munro Avenue Kindergarten, April 9; 'Switch On' - John Lloyd's presentation at project launch - May 6th
Helen Haines - "the Munro Avenue Kindergarten's new solar panel installation ... is a shining example of how our region is seeing real benefits from locally owned renewables'...
Benalla Community Energy Project team
Banner: Benalla Community Energy Project team members - from left - John Lloyd, David Blore, Patricia Brookes and Karen Nankervis - with Member for Indi Helen Haines and contributors to the Munro Avenue Kindergarten Project, May 6, 2021.
Photo: Solar Panel's being installed by Solar Gain at the Munro Avenue Kindergarten on April 9, 2021.