Hepburn Wind's Projects

The Hepburn Wind co-operative is entering an exciting time as we work to transition the Hepburn Shire to zero-net energy by 2025. To meet this target we are working on projects that will help our region reap the benefits of 100% renewables.

Listening to our members

In our 2016/17 Member Perspective Survey #2, our members signalled that they were keen to support future projects. Here are just some of projects that members thought would be a good or great idea for Hepburn Wind:

  • Future generation in general

  • Support solar

  • Love battery storage

  • Support partnership projects with other local organisations

  • Are excited for more energy efficiency projects

  • Support electric vehicle charging stations

Check out our exciting new projects below!

Hepburn Z-NET

In 2018 Hepburn Wind became a partner of the Z-NET Community Transition Pilot, an initiative of the Coalition for Community Energy. This Pilot is seeking to make the Hepburn Shire the first zero-net emission shire in Australia and is supported by Sustainability Victoria’s Take2 Initiative. The project team delivering the Pilot includes RenewStarfish Initiatives and Little Sketches.

The approach was first developed in Uralla (NSW) to offset local carbon emissions from stationary heat and electricity. The Hepburn plan seeks to address emissions from energy, land use, waste and transport.

The Community Transition Pilot had two core aims: To provide an expanded blueprint of how rural communities can satisfy all their own energy needs with renewables and create a masterplan (The Community Transition Plan) providing approaches to reach zero-net emissions in all sectors.

In April 2019 The Community Transition Plan was launched. Co-developed with the local community and various research, industry and technical stakeholders, the plan provides a comprehensive assessment of the shires emissions through the ZNET Blueprint. This Blueprint encompasses the full emissions spectrum and the associated opportunities of stationary energy, transportation, agriculture, waste & wastewater and land use change.

If you would like to learn more about Hepburn Shire Z-NET you can download the:

Community Transition Plan / Snapshot Report /Options Manual / Engagement Postcards /Sankey interactive visual / Sector interactive visual

Or jump on the Hepburn Z-NET website visit their facebook page Hepburn Shire Z-NET.

EV Bulk Buy with the Good Car Company

Hepburn Wind has partnered with the Good Car Company to deliver an Electric Vehicle (EV) Bulk-Buy for the Hepburn Shire. The Good Car Company are working to decarbonise transport by importing and selling second-hand electric vehicles. Starting off in Hobart, Tasmania, we are very excited that they have now reached the mainland and will be kicking off the Hepburn Shire EV Bulk-Buy in April.

As the Hepburn Shire works towards zero-net emissions by 2030, decarbonising transport will play a critical role. With local renewable energy generation growing, EVs will enable our community to cut our emissions and save money on fossil fuels.

The Bulk-Buy will offer a range of vehicles ranging in price, starting around $17,000 and not exceeding $45,000. If you are interested in these models or would like to purchase an EV through the Bulk-Buy, please fill in the EOI form here.

EV Bulk-Buy EOI

Express your interest in the EV Bulk-Buy run by The Good Car Company. We will follow up with you when the program kicks-off in April.

A new community solar bulk-buy has launched in the Hepburn Shire. Organised by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) and supported by Council and Hepburn Wind, the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy is a great way for local residents to go solar.

The bulk-buy offers an easy option for those interested in getting solar and/or battery storage. If you would like to find out more about their products or would like to request a quote you can jump on their website here.

The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy will also support selected community groups to go solar for free. If your community group would like to find out more contact Jo Kaptein at info@hubfoundation.org.au.

Daylesford Lake micro hydro

Hepburn Wind is looking to refurbish the antique micro-hydro station at Lake Daylesford. The station was operating early last century, powering lights and buildings around the iconic lake. The current plan is that the antique shell of the generator will be repaired and a modern unit installed side by side to enable the facility’s output. The new turbine could produce between 12-30kW of renewable energy. The vision is to turn the micro-hydro into a tourism destination whilst also have it generating into the grid.

Hepburn Wind, will work with the Hepburn Shire Council on this project and has engaged the expertise of Australia’s largest hydro turbine manufacturer Tamar Hydro. Tamar Hydro has 30 years of experience, specialising in engineering and manufacturing of hydroelectric power generation plants and has an office in nearby Castlemaine.

Hepburn Wind has committed $15,000 from the Energy Fund and Powershop has contributed $10,000 from its Your Community Energy initiative to progress this project. A pre-feasibility and site analysis has been done as a first step. 

Behind the meter solar

Currently, the most common and feasible model of community solar is ‘behind the meter, below the load’. In this approach, the host site agrees to purchase the energy over the life of the project, thus avoiding the issue of selling the energy into the energy market. The scale needs to be less than the minimum load profile, to minimise grid connection issues and costs. These projects are under 500kW and more commonly under 100kW. We will be investigating sites around the Shire that would be appropriate for our investment and development. You can find out more about behind the meter projects on the embark website here.

Electric vehicle charging station

With the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) predicted to explode over the next 10 years, Daylesford has joined the EV revolution and become home to the region’s first free EV charging station. The station was delivered by Hepburn Wind through our Energy Fund and is an important step towards creating a zero-net energy Shire. It is carbon neutral and powered by our electricity product with Powershop.

The EV station is managed by ChargePoint – the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network. This massive network contains over 23,400 charging stations. To find out more you can read our journal here.


Solar on neighbourhood centres

Hepburn Wind has teamed up with our energy retailer Powershop and MASH to donate and install two solar systems for the Daylesford and Creswick neighbourhood centres.

The matching 3.24kW solar systems at each centre are expected to generate most of the energy consumed on site, with 90% for Daylesford and 55% for Creswick (which will have a higher export profile). These savings will unlock significant funds for community activities. These two solar arrays are expected to cut 10 tonnes of CO2 each year and thousands of dollars in network and energy costs.  

These installations were made possible by partnering with the Castlemaine based non-profit, MASH, and their installer, Solargain, as well as our retailer, Powershop, and their Your Community Energy initiative. You can read our journal here.

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