What the roadmap will achieve
There is potential for significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the Hume region through the uptake of renewable energy. The Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap will support the region to embrace the renewable energy transformation of our electricity system by:
- representing the voice of the community
- working to support building the capacity of the region to drive its own renewable energy future and achieve benefits for their communities
- identifying local barriers and issues
- understanding the investment potential of the region and
- clearly expressing what the community expect from the renewable energy transition.
Identifying what's important to communities
The roadmap will also look at what might be required for renewable energy projects to earn community acceptance in the Hume region. Communities have strong ties to their region and there is a need to identify the values important to communities such as the rural character of landscapes and high-value agricultural land.
The roadmap will identify the conditions necessary to achieve a balance that protects these values, while at the same time helping the community to take advantage of the opportunities and benefits to be gained from a renewable energy transition.
Community Energy Forums video August 2018
What is the Hume region?
Hume is a government region that includes the 12 local government areas of the Goulburn Valley (green) and Ovens Murray in north east Victoria (blue).
Map of local government areas (LGAs) that make up the Hume region
What will renewable energy look like in Hume region?
With government renewable energy targets in Victoria of 20% by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, regional Victoria will see significant roll out of renewable energy infrastructure. Commercial sector uptake of renewable energy will also play a major and growing part in the roll out of large scale renewable energy developments.
The renewable energy infrastructure in Hume will be a mix of rooftop solar panels and large scale solar and wind but could also include both large and small pumped hydro-electric schemes. Other critical infrastructure will be large scale battery storage (PDF, 470.6 KB) to improve grid reliability and lower prices.
An exciting part of the renewable energy transition in Hume region, are the active renewable energy communities who are driving their own renewable energy projects.
In the Goulburn Valley is GV Community Energy (GVCE) a community-based organisation committed to promoting community action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage sustainable living. GVCE also offer a range of products and services to residents, businesses and the wider community to reduce energy consumption and costs.
The communities of the North East have set up a community energy network and an energy retailer, Indigo Power. Towns such as Yackandandah are striving for 100 % renewables to power their town by 2022.
Many of these community groups have been successful in obtaining grants to further their transition to renewable energy. For example, the Victorian government’s Microgrid Demonstration Program has funded projects in both Euroa and Yackandandah.
Currently, there are a significant number of large scale renewable energy proposals seeking permits in the Hume region. Some projects that have approval and planning permits are:
Winton Solar Farm
The Winton Solar Farm, 25km north east of Benalla, was recently announced as a successful Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme (PDF, 371.0 KB) (VREAS) project. The VREAS was set up to support achievement of the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET).The Victorian Government plan to increase Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target (VRET) to 50 per cent by 2030.
The Winton Solar Farm is 250 ha and will have a capacity of 98.8 MW, producing enough energy to supply approximately 50,000 homes. This will avoid annual emissions of around 150,000 tons of CO2. Construction will commence in early 2019 and will be commercially operable by early 2020.
Numurkah Solar Farm
The construction of the 100MW (AC) Numurkah Solar Farm, 6 km south of Numurkah, is well underway. Approximately 255,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity will be generated and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be equivalent to taking either 75,000 cars off the road or planting 390,000 trees. The Nurmurkah Solar Farm will supply the Victorian Government with green energy to power Melbourne’s trams.
Congupna solar farm proposal approved
The Congupna solar farm proposal was recently approved, and will produce 68 MW of clean energy, create around 250 jobs and power approximately 22,600 homes. The project will be built on non-irrigated agricultural land and drive around $38 million in capital expenditure. The developer is the Spanish company X-Elio Australia.
Decisions on the Tallygaroopna, Lemnos and Tatura East solar farm applications have been deferred until further strategic work is completed for the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.
Cherry Tree Hill Wind Farm
The proposed Cherry Tree Wind Farm, located approximately 15 km south east of the Seymour township is expected to commence construction in early 2019 and reach commercial operation by Q2 2020. It will have up to 16 wind turbines (58 MW installed capacity) and could power approximately 37,000 average Victorian households, avoiding the emission of 200,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
It’s important to have your say
Communities of north east Victoria and Goulburn Valley will have opportunities to contribute to the roadmap. The roadmap will reflect regional values and identify the conditions necessary to achieve a balance that protects these values, while at the same time helping the community to take advantage of the opportunities to be gained from a renewable energy transition.
The Roadmap report will be shared with community, local government, renewable energy developers and state government.
How we are working with the people of Hume region?
Grants of between $1,000 to $3,000 will be awarded from available funding of $30,000.
The mini grants program aims to:
- Support communities to engage members of their communities in activities or events which raises awareness and understanding of renewable energy opportunities.
- Encourage partnerships between organisations and groups within and across communities on renewable energy.
- Support communities to have their renewable energy vision and values reflected in the Roadmap by engaging locally and adding their community’s voices to the Roadmap.
- Build capacity and skills in the community to take advantage of future renewable energy opportunities that may arise.
The mini-grants program opens Monday 11 March 2019 and closes at 11.59pm on 14th April 2019. It is expected projects will begin by 30 April and conclude no later than 15 July 2019.
- Hume mini-grants community renewable energy guidelines (PDF, 578.5 KB)
- Hume mini-grants community renewable energy FAQs (PDF, 304.6 KB)
- Hume mini-grants community renewable energy application form (DOCX, 1.1 MB)
- Partnership with North East Victoria’s community energy network to hold 6 renewable energy roadshow events in towns such as Wodonga, Wangaratta, Beechworth, Bright, Tallangatta, Benalla.
- Mansfield up2us community meeting
- North East Digital Innovation Festival, Wodonga
- Stakeholder Engagement Planning workshop, Benalla
Hume Region Renewable Energy Forum, Benalla June 2018
The Benalla forum attracted a wide range of business, local government, state government, community organisations and individuals.
Issues important to people of Hume region include:
- Community benefits such as energy justice, local investment and jobs, partnerships
- Economic benefits regionally and personally
- Environmental outcomes such as moving to a lower carbon economy, environmental stewardship responsibilities
- Gaps in legislation and policy as the renewable energy transformation occurs and changes in roles and responsibilities during the transition
- Energy management issues such as constraints of the old system, new technology, trading and storage.
- Ovens Murray and Goulburn Regional Partnerships received funding of $300,000 from the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 to develop the Hume Region Renewable Energy Strategy and this will take the form of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap. DELWP is supporting the development of the roadmap.
- This project is funded to the
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Page last updated: 14/05/19