The Guide to Community-owned Renewable Energy for Victorians is a resource for community groups that are considering a renewable energy project and those that are already in the process of establishing a project. The guide was commissioned by the Victorian Government and was co-authored by AEF and three other members of the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE); Embark, the Alternative Technology Association and the Community Power Agency. The project was informed by a regional workshop held at Beechworth and attended by many of the stakeholders in the community energy field, including Renewable Albury Wodonga Energy.
The guide was released in late 2015 and culminated in ten workshops around the state with over 350 attendees.The guide consolidated existing knowledge and resources and provided links to further information and advice. It provided practical pointers on critical commercial, technical, governance and regulatory aspects of renewable energy projects, including a wealth of useful information on identifying an appropriate business model, selecting the most suitable technology and managing a project.
Over 5,000 copies have been delivered around the state to communities, politicians and industry.