Our work

CPA Directors at a community solar farm

What we do

Community Power Agency are working to create a clean energy future that benefits and involves all Australians.

We provide expert advice and support to communities, organisations, government and industry in developing community owned renewable energy and more broadly a faster and fairer clean energy transition.

Our work focuses on capacity building, innovation and advocacy that is collaborative and achieves real-world outcomes.

CONSULTANCY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT >>

CPA offers a range of project consulting services and partners with industry to engage communities and ensure benefits are shared locally.

Workshops & TraininG >>

We design and deliver interactive workshops and ongoing training to build knowledge, skills and capacity to support your organisation or renewable energy project.

INNOVATION & ResearcH >>

CPA develops innovative business models and undertakes research on the various dimensions of community energy to ensure equity and access for all.

Advocacy & POLICY >>

We engage in sector level advocacy, policy development and analysis that supports the growth of community energy in Australia.

Previous Work

UPC Renewables

CPA worked with UPC Renewables Australia and the local Uralla community to develop a benefit sharing strategy for their 700MW(DC) New England Solar Farm. This is one of the more comprehensive processes for developing and delivering a benefit sharing initiative for large scale solar implemented in the Australian context to date.

Business Renewables Centre Australia

We led the development of a guide to support proponents establishing private Power Purchase Agreements to include social criteria within their contracts. The Guide includes advice for project evaluation, contract clauses and ongoing monitoring.

Clean Energy Council

CPA collaborated with the Clean Energy Council and the wind energy industry to consolidate learnings and develop detailed understandings for how to build strong social license for wind power. We produced a research report that provides an evidence base and recommendations for improving social outcomes from wind farm developments.

CEC also commissioned us to write a guide providing a comprehensive study of the various community benefits sharing options available to large-scale renewable energy projects.

ACT Government – Environment & Planning Directorate

We evaluated the social criteria for applicants to five separate rounds of the ACT Government’s Renewable Energy Auction, including chairing the Social Evaluation Panel for two rounds.
Our feedback resulted in the Sapphire Wind Farm being required to implement a community co-investment opportunity as a means to enhance local benefit and engagement, thereby improving social license for the project.

CPA Directors Elizabeth, Nicky & Jarra at a windfarm

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