In 2008, after researching sustainability-focussed co-operatives in the UK and Europe, Moragh McKay from Bass (Bass Coast Shire) 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.
The Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd was formally registered as trading Co-operative in August 2009, with Susan Davies as founding Chair, and a board of nine including Moragh Mackay (deputy Chair) and Bruce Hydon (treasurer).
At end July 2012, we completed our contract with Sustainability Victoria for the Southern Solar Hub, which successfully facilitated over 700kW of solar pv, into Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Cardinia and beyond. Read more about our Solar Bulk Buy.
In 2013, the Co-op changed its rules via a special resolution of members, to make it a non-trading Co-op, clarifying its not-for-profit status for state and federal government requirements.
In 2015 we donated funds towards a solar battery system for Grow Lightly's food hub in Korumburra and KooWeeRup Sustainability Centre.
In 2016 we launched the Southern CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) Fund, which is a perpetual revolving fund where donor funds are used to assist community groups to install solar on community buildings. Our application for DGR status is being processed. Our Old Energy- New Energy Project at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi will provide a model for installing renewables in State & National Parks. And we continue to provide more details of battery/ solar systems and energy efficiency for business and homes. We now have around 312 shareholders, and always welcome more!