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Introduction to Community Renewable Energy



This course will introduce learners to a basic understanding of ‘community renewable energy’, placed within the context of the need for information in transitioning to renewable energy due to Climate Change and the emerging energy economy. Learners will focus on the revolution that is occurring internationally, within Australia and in particular within Victoria, as local communities take control of meeting their renewable energy needs. The course will illustrate how communities can benefit socially and financially from community renewable energy projects at the household level through to small and medium scale projects, and how such projects can be leveraged to build community connections, community resourcefulness, employment opportunities and community resilience while tackling Climate Change.

Learners will come to understand a number of renewable energy technologies, be able to complete some basic assessments of their home energy efficiency and make recommendations for improvement, will learn about various community renewable energy projects electric vehicles, batteries and other emerging technologies.  

This course is for you if you would like to:

  • Join a community energy group
  • pursue career options or further learning  - Cert II in Sustainable Energy,  Cert IV in Home Energy Efficiency or Cert IV in NatHERS Assesment (Home Energy Efficiency Assessor)
  • train others
  • assist community organisations to outfit their community buildings
  • work at council
  • take action to make their own homes more sustainable
  • consult with other energy groups on their energy needs
  • participate in training sessions on renewable energy
  • seek work - paid or volunteer 
  • improve ability to advocate to all levels of government on energy issues
  • become more effective member of the community energy group

The course consists of 6 x 2 hr sessions, with the last session being a site visit to SolarQuip at Mt Toolebewong to see wind power, hydro power and solar power in action. 

Key Details

Next course starting 21 February 2022
Session Dates: 21, 28 Feb, 7, 21 and 28 March
Times: Mondays 7-9pm
Location: Eltham Living & Learning, 739 Main Rd, Eltham

Field Trip - Saturday 2nd April 9am-3:30pm to SolarQuip Smart Energy Lab in Mt Toolebewong. Transport will be provided. 


Fully funded - $30 enrolment fee
Concession card holders - $20 enrolment fee
Fee-paying  - $180 

What to expect

  • Students will understand and be able to explain the concepts and the implications of Climate Change and the renewable energy market.
  • They will understand and be able to explain how community renewable energy can be utilized to address both climate change, community engagement and community empowerment to build community resilience.
  • Students can make informed decisions about how their own home energy efficiency, energy production, energy use and storage can be facilitated.
  • They can become engaged with the emerging community energy revolution that exists in local community energy groups or form a renewable energy guild
  • Equip learners to pursue further studies as Home Energy Assessors



Basic computing skills, English language comprehension, reasonable literacy skills.

Learning Pathways

The program could lead to further study in Sustainable Energy or  Home Energy Efficiency.

How to Enrol

To enrol please download the enrolment form and email to

If you are a concession card holder you will need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for the concession fee.  

Eligibility for government-subsidised fees and concession fees

Government-subsidised fee
If you are a permanent Resident and/or Australian Citizen/New Zealand Citizen and not enrolled in mainstream secondary school you are eligible for a government subsidised fee. 

Concession fee
This fee is available to:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Pensioner Concession Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Veteran's Gold Card holders (but not their dependants).
  • Please note: if under 17 years of age and disengaged from school, participants will need to obtain an official Transition from School Form for us to sight.

If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount".  You will also need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for a concession fee.  

For non-eligible individuals, the full fee will apply (see 'Fee Structure' below).

Withdrawals and refunds

Refer to our Fees, charges and refunds policy for information about withdrawals and refunds in our government-subsidised and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.  

About the Tutor

Alan Pearce is a Senior Industry fellow at RMIT. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and taught in the Environment program from 2005-2015. Alan presents guest lectures in a range of courses, contributes to seminars, workshops and conferences and mentors students. Through his consulting practice and links to community and professional organisations, Alan has worked on many projects in the clean energy, planning, climate policy, green building and public education fields. 

For more information

To find out more about this course, click "Enquire" to send us an email.



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  • Diamond Creek 3089

  • Eltham
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  • Panton Hill 3759

  • Nillumbik Shire Council trading as Living &
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