Our goal is to make the Macedon Ranges carbon neutral by 2030, by leading, supporting and investing in local energy efficiency, generation and offset projects in partnership with community, government and industry.
The largest project continues to be putting the pieces together for the community energy park in the pine plantation south of Woodend. There have been a series of discussions with key stakeholders - potential commercial partners in the project, government representatives to progress the access to land and statutory planning issues, and with the landholders. The community wind farm project has been worked on by MRSG volunteers for ten years, and it is still a work in progress!
The second area of work is exploring a number of solar-based renewable energy projects with community organisations, the council, and even Holgate’s brewery. This builds on the previous project assistance to Woodend Primary School, Woodend Cricket Club and the up and running solar project at the Black Forest Timber Mill.
Finally, we have a number of our members who are well connected across similar organisations and are drawing resources from those networks to assist our project planning.
When and where
The Renewable Energy Action Group meets once per month in Woodend. Dates and times change monthly, however meetings are usually on the third Thursday of the month at the Woodend Uniting Church rooms.
If you would like to learn more about the Renewable Energy Action Group please contact Bruce Mildenhall.