Push to make Ballarat the first Australian city to be 100% powered by renewables

15/03/2024

Media Release 15/03/2024

Committee for Ballarat, together with more than 20 of Ballarat’s largest businesses and industries, will commence a project that could see Ballarat as Australia’s first regional city to be powered by 100% locally generated renewable energy.

Committee, in partnership with AusNet and Mondo, will provide technical support and advice to individual businesses to assess energy use and efficiencies and the potential for new energy solutions.

The project will initially be focused on Commercial and Industrial (C&I) businesses in and around the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) and include some of our region’s largest energy consumers, including McCain Foods, Haymes Paint, Grampians Health Services, MaxiTRANS, Bartletts, Luv a Duck, UGL and more.

Committee for Ballarat CEO Michael Poulton said as we transition to renewables, we will aim to develop clean and reliable energy for local homes, businesses and communities.

“In Ballarat we have rooftop solar and significant wind on our doorstep to generate renewable energy that could be shared and distributed within our community and build our regional energy resilience.

“If we share local energy generation using smart metering and flexible management, store it for when needed and trade the excess, we will create a new decentralised network model.

“Decentralised networks are based on local generation and distribution and will help deliver lower costs to local consumers, strengthen energy resilience within our community and reduce our carbon emissions,” Mr Poulton said.

“AusNet is pleased to partner with Committee for Ballarat and local businesses to develop this pioneering concept. We look forward to working with the Ballarat Energy Network (BEN) to help them achieve their vision of 100% local generated renewable energy,” said AusNet General Manager for Distributed Energy, Dhammika Adihetty.