Lismore Community Solar is at the forefront of Australia’s nascent community energy movement and sector. It has created Australia’s first ever Council operated and community funded solarfarms.
The purpose of Lismore Community Solar was to create two 99kW solarfarms through a partnership between local community members and Lismore City Council ~ with funding provided by local community ‘impact’ investors and operation of the solarfarms by Lismore City Council.
These projects will further the Lismore’s community vision of being a model of sustainability, with outcomes across each of the three domains of sustainability: environmentally benign renewable energy from solar power; strengthened community leadership and capacity in sustainable energy; plus an innovative local finance model.
Lismore City Council is the first regional council in Australia to commit to making its electricity supply 100% renewable.
This ‘model of sustainability’ is aligned with the aspirations of many more local councils right across Australia who are pursuing ground-breaking strategies in renewable energy, climate neutrality, sustainability and collaboration with their communities.
As Australia’s first ever council operated and community funded solarfarms, Lismore Community Solar has created significant potential to leverage public profile as well as the leadership, enhanced capacity and engagement of the numerous people and partners involved.
Disclaimer: Lismore City Council (Council) is not in a financial partnership or joint venture with Starfish Initiatives, Farming the Sun or any other associated entity or organisation. Council’s role in this initiative is as borrower of funds and as the entity that owns and constructs the solar farms.