Energy Innovation Cooperative

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The Energy Innovation Cooperative was formed in 2008 after sustainability-focussed co-operatives in the UK and Europe were researched by Moragh McKay from Bass (Bass Coast Shire).

Moragh initiated community discussions around establishing a Co-operative in the Bass Coast/ South Gippsland Region. She and others felt such an organisation could assist local people to take positive action to address climate change and promote renewable energy.

A formation committee was established at the Energy Innovation Festival in Wonthaggi in 2009, and the Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd was formally registered as trading Co-operative in August 2009.

By July 2011 the EICo-op was managing projects with $310,000 worth of grants and almost 200 members.

At end July 2012, they completed a contract with Sustainability Victoria for the Southern Solar Hub, which has successfully facilitated over 700kW of solar photo voltaics so far, into Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Cardinia and beyond.

The work begun with Southern Solar Hub is continuing, with solar hot water being added to the bulk buy of solar pv. New projects are being planned.

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