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Community Energy Program

Resilient Hills & Coasts Community Energy Program

Six South Australian councils in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island region are seeking proposals from the energy industry on the most effective delivery model for a regional Community Energy Program.

With a combined population of over 120,000 people, the six councils are partners in Resilient Hills & Coasts, a regional climate change adaptation project which has been operating since 2013.

The region is seeking to empower local citizens and businesses to reduce their energy costs via the uptake of renewable energy and storage, and in doing so, reduce the region’s carbon footprint and support regional economic development through the creation of local employment and business opportunities.

Back in 2009, three of the six councils (led by the City of Victor Harbor) ran South Australia’s first solar bulk buy campaign.  In 2011/12, the South Australian Local Government Association replicated the program with great success and some 35 councils across the State signed up on behalf of their communities.   Rooftop solar is now installed on over 40% of residences across much of the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region.

Now in 2017, City of Victor Harbor has the go ahead to test the market on behalf of the Resilient Hills & Coasts region, seeking proposals for a bigger and better community energy campaign.

The initial plan was to deliver a traditional solar bulk buy program with the addition of a battery storage option, but given the rapid pace of industry innovation, Council representatives felt that testing the market through a Request for Proposal would result in a more innovative delivery model with even greater benefits for community.   

Community research undertaken by the City of Victor Harbor combined with experiences from previous bulk buy campaigns has identified that trust, cost and complexity are three key barriers inhibiting community adoption of renewable energy solutions.   

In rolling out this campaign, the Resilient Hills & Coasts councils hope to achieve four key objectives:

  1. Assist residents and businesses to reduce electricity consumption and costs.
  2. Increase community uptake of renewable energy supply, storage and management solutions.
  3. Reduce the region’s carbon footprint; and
  4. Support regional economic development through the creation of local employment and business opportunities.

The region is also interested in exploring delivery proposals which:

  1. Promote the benefits of climate ready houses and buildings that maximise energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.
  2. Assist people on low incomes to reduce energy costs whilst maintaining fundamental services; and
  3. Secure a revenue stream to fund ongoing delivery of the Community Energy Program by Resilient Hills & Coast partner councils.

The ‘Request for Proposal’ document will be available on the Tenders SA website (www.tenders.sa.gov.au) from Tuesday 28 November 2017.  The closing date for submission is Thursday 25 January 2018. 

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