EVENT: Pick My Project Launch

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Energy Innovation Co-operative Invites you to join us to celebrate the completed installation of 30 kW of solar panels at the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre.


When: Thursday 19th September 4PM-4.30PM

Where: 161 Settlement Road, Cowes


Inquiries: John Coulter, Project Officer, Mob: 0408596052

Local member Jordan Crugnale MLA will join us to help celebrate. Discover how this will reduce electricity costs for the Centre and provide educational opportunities for the children to teach their parents about renewable energy. Meet the team from BWD Solar (based in Cowes) who did a great job with the the installation. Enjoy a carbon neutral cuppa!

More about Pick My Project

Pick My Project is a $30 million community grants initiative empowering Victorians to come up with project ideas that will help make their local community an even better place to live, then vote for their favourite project ideas to be funded. https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/

“Renewing our kids future” was submitted by Nick Stephens, a local Phillip Island parent, in collaboration with Moragh Mackay from the Energy Innovation Co-operative- a local not for profit group that encourages the use of renewable energy and is a leading partner in the Totally Renewable Phillip Island initiative, the Renewable Energy Roadmap for Bass Coast/South Gippsland and the Old Energy New Energy project at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi.

In October 2018 it was announced that Renewing our Kids future was one of the 237 projects to successfully receive funding.

Project description

A 30kW solar system has been installed on the rooftop of the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre in Cowes, with two major aims: – reduce running costs of the building and – use latest technology to display and interpret the building’s solar energy production and usage as part of children’s early learning of environment and sustainability issues. The installation will significantly reduce energy costs at the Centre which spends between $500-900/month on electricity bills. It also features a publically viewable online link PIELC SOLAR SYSTEM so parents and the public can view energy consumption and solar production in real time or historically. This will also be used for classroom learning.

Environmental benefits

The project will offset 42.6 tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking 12.3 cars off the road. Project location Phillip Island Early Learning Centre 161 Settlement Road, Cowes VIC, Australia.

Total project cost

$53,000 (including $8,500 of in kind support from the Energy Innovation Co-operative)

Solar Installation Company

BWD Solar, a Phillip Island based Solar company, associated with Bilson Electrical was chosen to complete the installation. Steve Williams, the company founder has a daughter Ayla who attends the Early Learning Centre.

For more information

John Coulter. Project Officer, Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd Mob: 0408596052 Email: jaccp@tpg.com.au Energy Innovation Co-operative: eico-op.org.au

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