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.
Hepburn Wind's Projects
Community Power Hub
Hepburn Wind is proud to lead the ‘Hepburn Branch’ of the Grampians region Community Power Hub (CPH) thanks to funding from Sustainability Victoria and the support of Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Incorporated. (BREAZE Inc.), who is leading the regional CPH.
The aim of the program is to increase access to and involvement in community renewable energy by partnering with local community groups, farmers, businesses, schools and the broader community. This expansion of the Community Power Hub Program is an important aspect of the broader rollout of renewables across the Grampians region, to ensure communities are involved in and benefit from local energy projects as the state transitions to 50% renewable energy by 2030.
Heat Pump Hot Water Bulk-Buy
Hepburn Wind has partnered with local provider t2zero, to pilot a Heat Pump Hot Water Bulk-Buy to help households save on energy.
Heat pumps are super-efficient water heaters and make a great alternative to electric, gas or wood systems. The bulk-buy program will supply high-quality systems that are eligible for State Government subsidies, greatly reducing the cost of individual systems.
Through the bulk-buy, households will participate in a streamlined process that provides information on heat pumps, their benefits, how they can be optimised and more.
The first round of the Heat Pump Hot Water Bulk-Buy has now closed. Our second round is scheduled for March/April 2022. Fill in the EOI form if you would like to participate in the second round.
In 2018 Hepburn Wind became a partner of the Z-NET Community Transition Pilot, an initiative of the Coalition for Community Energy. This Pilot sought to make the Hepburn Shire the first zero-net emission shire in Australia and was supported by Sustainability Victoria’s Take2 Initiative. The project team who delivered this Pilot included Renew, Starfish Initiatives and Little Sketches.
The Z-NET approach was first developed in Uralla (NSW) to offset local carbon emissions from stationary heat and electricity. The Hepburn plan sought to address stationary energy, transportation, agriculture, waste & wastewater and land-use change.
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 and puts forward pathways to reach zero-net emissions in key sectors.
If you would like to learn more about Hepburn Z-NET you can download the: