About

As our climate is changing, so is our society. SolarShare is part of the shift to an economy where communities have an important part to play in our energy choices

What is a Community Solar Farm?

A community solar farm is a solar power plant which is co-owned by members of the nearby community. Investors in the solar farm have a closer relationship to local energy, the environment and the community while choosing a sustainable investment with a financial return.

Is this for me?

SolarShare is for anyone who wants to be part of the shift to a renewable energy economy. This includes people who previously had no access to solar power market such as renters or those without a roof suitable for solar panels. SolarShare is of course open to home-owners too. Anyone who wants to move towards greening the grid while making a local and ethical investment is welcome.

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  • We expect to have between 400 and 600 community members participate and that the majority of investments will be between $1,000 and $10,000.
  • The prescribed minimum investment is $500.
  • Visit our FAQ for more information on what is involved in membership

SolarShare is a Member Owned Business

A member owned business is designed to encourage member shareholders to have a closer connection with the activities of the enterprise.

Prior to becoming a member, we will provide you with a disclosure document. This will be finalised after a developer and host site are selected, but before community members are invited to invest.

SolarShare will submit the disclosure document and constitution to ASIC for approval. Following this we will hold a formation meeting during which meeting the members accept these documents and also elect the Board of Directors.

Visit our FAQ section on our legal strucutre to learn more.

Our Philosophy

Our vision is for people to share a connection with their energy supply, their investment, their community and the environment through ownership and participation in local renewable energy generation.

In Australia we often feel a strong connection to the land and climate. This connection enables us to celebrate warm summer days at the beach, visit our beautiful national parks, or enjoy home grown veggies. Yet there is another side of being connected to our climate. National icons like the great barrier reef are at risk of disappearing, changing changing drought and flood cycles have the potential to disrupt both farms and cities, and a hotter climate leads to more devastating bush fires.

Yet while we are connected to climate, we are often disconnected from our energy production and do not stop to question of consider the implications of it being mined, freighted, burnt and transmitted. As long as there is energy reaching our power points the rest of this system and its impacts stay largely out of sight and out of mind. 

Community energy is about society becoming more involved in choosing energy sources and opting for economic activity on a more local scale. This helps to build connections with you and the other people in your community. 

Learn about joining the SolarShare Canberra community