Founded in May 2014, The Hub Foundation Castlemaine was set up to help reduce our Shire’s – and our planet’s – CO2 emissions. Our largest project to-date is MASH, short for More Australian Solar Homes. MASH is a community solar bulk-buy project which has cut CO2 emissions by around 3,000 tonnes a year (equal to around 600 cars off the road) with 2MW of solar installed since September 2014. This is saving residents a combined $400,000 each year off their electricity bills. This project is being delivered in partnership with local Councils and Sustainability Groups in the City of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges Shires.
The Hub Foundation has also initiated and organised other projects such as the Evening with Tim Flannery at the Castlemaine Town Hall in September 2015, three Ride-to-Work brekkies and a plan to increase the number of vegetable wicking beds in Castlemaine. Recently, The Hub Foundation worked closely with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) to support community groups in the region to put in applications for grants under the Federal Government's Solar Towns Programme.