In my travels around the internet I found this site put together by the Australian PV Institute showing the level of installation of solar photovoltaic panel installation by postcode or Local Government area.
In Fawkner there have been about 246 solar PV installations. This amounts to approximately 5.4% of the estimated 4520 dwellings in our suburb with an installed capacity of 571kW.
This is lower than the Moreland average of 6.1%. Moreland Local Government Area (LGA) and is also below other municipal areas in Melbourne’s north. Maribyrnong has 7% solar installation, Moonee Valley is on 6.5%, Darebin is on 6.9%, Banyule on 6.7%, Whittlesea on 9.7%, and Hume on 11%.
Would you like to see community owned renewable energy in Moreland? Climate Action Moreland wants to kick start a community owned solar park in Moreland and you can be involved.
We all know about solar panels on household roofs. Community solar is a bigger version of this, about fifty times bigger, and instead of being owned by the householder the panels are owned co-operatively by community shareholders.
It’s been done before in the City of Ellensburg, Washington. Community owned solar and wind renewable power generation is popular in many regions of Europe. Last year we saw the Hepburn Wind farm launch as Australia’s first community owned and operated wind farm. We can also make it happen here in Moreland.
First Moreland community solar meeting
7pm, Monday 19 March
Edinburgh Castle (Function Room)
Cnr Sydney Road and Albion Streets.
The meeting will explore big picture visions before getting down to some important brass tacks (was that some mixed metaphors?)
Details for more information at Climate Action Moreland