History

SolarShare formed as a project of local sustainability organisation SEE-Change and it’s renewable energy special interest group Canberra Clean Energy. The group held workshops, talks, stalls and surveys to gauge community interest in different energy projects and researched a number of viable options for what could be achieved.

Following additional feasibility studies and contact with other community groups in different areas of the country, Canberra Clean Energy saw a practical way to work towards a community solar farm to be co-owned by members of the local area. The initiative was called SolarShare.

SolarShare then formalised its governance and team structure to deliver Canberra’s first community owned solar farm.

This process has been adapted from the steps taken by other notable community energy groups around Australia such as

  1. Hepburn Wind
  2. Sydney renewable power company
  3. Repower Shoalhaven
  4. Clear Skies Solar Investment

More information on formation of a community energy project can be found at Embark – a not for profit established to help community energy projects (www.embark.com.au) and the Community Power Agency (www.cpagency.org.au)