Can Victoria build a new town, from scratch, off grid?

Plans to build a completely new, completely sustainable and off-grid community in Victoria's Gippsland Lakes district are gathering momentum. But can they win the approval of state government?

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Why people come together in community energy projects

How can public acceptance of utility projects be increased? Policymakers want to allow citizens to invest in such projects, but the focus is insufficient. Citizens want more than just financial benefits.

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5 reasons community-scale solar is a multi-GW market opportunity

The US solar industry has enjoyed impressive growth of late, with strong forecasts for 2016, but it’s been a bumpy ride at times, thanks to unfavorable rulings and stock-market troubles.

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NY community microgrid to allow peer-to-peer rooftop solar trading

A start-up called the Brooklyn Microgrid is developing a ground-breaking software and hardware platform that will allow locally connected residents to buy and sell renewable energy from rooftop solar installations.

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Yackandandah 100% renewable plans kick off with 90kW solar health centre

A community-based effort to shift the regional Victorian town of Yackandandah to 100% renewable energy by 2022 has kicked off with the launch of a 90kW solar array on the town’s health services centre.

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Victorian network signs up to help rural community go 100% renewable

Victorian network operator Powercor signs MOU to help rural town of Newstead shift to 100% renewable energy by 2021.

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CEFC announces $250m funding program to build energy efficient community housing

CEFC funding program aims to cut energy consumption of low-income households by 25% – an energy efficiency standard it says should apply to all Australian buildings.

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Victorian life-saving clubs to go solar in bid to cut costs

Victorian Life Saving clubs can now apply for state government grants to install solar PV after the launch of a $500,000 funding program this week.

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Newtown student housing cooperative 1st to use solar and battery storage

A student housing complex in the Sydney suburb of Newtown has won a grant from the City of Sydney to install solar PV and battery storage, in what the council says is the first installation of its type in Australia.

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One Step Off the Grid wishes its readers season’s greetings – see you in 2016!

One Step Off The Grid bids adieu to 2015 after a very successful launch year, with big plans for 2016 as battery storage becomes a “thing". Hope to see you then.

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