As our climate is changing, so is our society. SolarShare is part of the shift to an economy where communities have an important part to play in our energy choices.


As our climate is changing, so is our society. SolarShare is part of the shift to an economy where communities have an important part to play in our energy choices. What is a Community Solar Farm? A community solar farm is a solar power plant which is co-owned by members of the nearby community. Investors in the solar farm have a closer relationship to local energy, the environment and the community while choosing a sustainable investment with a financial return.

Is this for me?
SolarShare is for anyone who wants to be part of the shift to a renewable energy economy. This includes people who previously had no access to solar power market such as renters or those without a roof suitable for solar panels. SolarShare is of course open to home-owners too. Anyone who wants to move towards greening the grid while making a local and ethical investment is welcome.
We expect to have between 400 and 600 community members participate and that the majority of investments will be between $1,000 and $10,000.
The prescribed minimum investment is $500.
Visit our FAQ for more information on what is involved in membership

SolarShare is a Member Owned Business
A member owned business is designed to encourage member shareholders to have a closer connection with the activities of the enterprise. Prior to becoming a member, we will provide you with a disclosure document. This will be finalised after a developer and host site are selected, but before community members are invited to invest. SolarShare will submit the disclosure document and constitution to ASIC for approval. Following this we will hold a formation meeting during which meeting the members accept these documents and also elect the Board of Directors. Visit our FAQ section on our legal structure to learn more.

Our Philosophy
Our vision is for people to share a connection with their energy supply, their investment, their community and the environment through ownership and participation in local renewable energy generation. In Australia we often feel a strong connection to the land and climate. This connection enables us to celebrate warm summer days at the beach, visit our beautiful national parks, or enjoy home grown veggies. Yet there is another side of being connected to our climate. National icons like the great barrier reef are at risk of disappearing, changing changing drought and flood cycles have the potential to disrupt both farms and cities, and a hotter climate leads to more devastating bush fires. Yet while we are connected to climate, we are often disconnected from our energy production and do not stop to question of consider the implications of it being mined, freighted, burnt and transmitted. As long as there is energy reaching our power points the rest of this system and its impacts stay largely out of sight and out of mind. Community energy is about society becoming more involved in choosing energy sources and opting for economic activity on a more local scale. This helps to build connections with you and the other people in your community.

Background to community energy in the ACT
From the time the ACT government began to introduce policies, legislation and incentives to tackle climate change from electricity generation some community members began to discuss the feasibility of a community-based effort to reduce carbon emissions. Throughout 2012, SEE-Change and its renewable energy special interest group, Canberra Clean Energy, held workshops, talks, stalls and surveys to gauge community interest in different energy projects, and researched a number of options for community action in the area of clean energy. Following additional feasibility studies and wide consultation with community groups in different areas of the country, Canberra Clean Energy saw a practical way to work towards a community solar farm to be co-owned by members of the local area. The initiative was called SolarShare.

Reacting to this, in 2014 the ACT government enacted amendments to the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011 and called for proposals for a one megawatt community solar farm, sufficient to generate enough electricity annually to power 500 Canberra homes. The underlying principle was that a collective of individuals and businesses build a generation facility, assisted by a new feed-in-tariff for community solar projects of up to 20 cents per kilowatt-hour for 20 years. This recognised that the benefits of roof-top solar were not available to everyone, due to a lack of affordability, shading, renting, or apartment living. The community scheme would provide the opportunity for individuals to pool their resources to fund large-scale solar projects, achieving economies of scale with the benefits of direct ownership. It would contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions, help stimulate community-owned medium/large-scaled solar generators, and help make community-owned solar generation a more accepted part of distributed energy generation.

In the latter half of 2012 SolarShare formalised its governance and team structure to deliver a community-owned solar farm. In July 2014 SolarShare Community Energy Ltd was registered with ASIC. In 2016, $125,000 was raised from 20 investors to provide the seed capital to take the project to build stage. The ACT Government awarded SolarShare a feed-in-tariff in November 2018 which enabled it to move forward to issue an Offer information Statement to raise the $2.8 million to build the flagship solar farm, a 1MW greenfield project, to be located in the Majura Valley. SolarShare has plans to continue with new community solar projects when the flagship project is built. From the beginning of this process in 2012, the volunteers worked relentlessly to meet the ACT government’s requirements for access to the feed-in tariff which would enable the building of the ACT’s first community solar farm and ensure that SolarShare Community Energy Ltd would be a financial success for its community investors and become a model upon which other projects could be built.

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