About Us

A better future, powered by renewable energy

Banyule Clean Energy Group is an incorporated non-profit, strategic outcomes community group with a focus on the financial benefits that renewable energy and energy efficiency can deliver.

Creating a sustainable community in Banyule

Our team of volunteers provides advice to homeowners, renters, schools and businesses that want to reduce their energy use, switch to using renewable energy and live more sustainably. If you’d like to talk to one of our friendly team members, contact us today.

Our achievements

  1. Developed business cases, presented at key forums and negotiated with Banyule City Council (BCC) stakeholders to outline the financial benefits associated with renewable energy.

  2. Worked with BCC to help shape, drive and negotiate the Corporate Emissions Reduction and Community Climate Action Plans, featuring key 2028 and 2040 net zero emissions targets.

  3. Collaborated with environmental think tank Beyond Zero Emissions to help shape the Million Jobs Plan, which included over 100,000 jobs in community led initiatives that deliver zero emissions outcomes.

  4. Facilitated renewable energy projects and energy efficiency workshops for residents and organisations in the City of Banyule.

Our team

Meet some the team behind Banyule Clean Energy Group. We’re a team of experts with a sincere commitment to making an impact. Together we volunteer our diverse range of skills and experience to help our community make changes for a better future - and lower their cost of living at the same time.

Michael Copsey

PRESIDENT

Michael is President of the Banyule Clean Energy Group that was founded in 2018. He lives in Banyule with his young family in his all electric, solar powered veggy producing home and works directly with residents and businesses as a renewable energy consultant. Michael also has over 20 years experience as a technology executive, project manager and trusted advisor to global organisations across the local government, health, not-for-profit, financial services, retail, technology and FMCG sectors.

Robin Gale-Baker

VICE PRESIDENT

Robin is a retired psychotherapist and a current community activist. She is a co founder of Sustainable Macleod and Banyule Clean Energy. In 2014 Robin and her husband Paul won the Sustainable House and Garden award for Banyule. She was named Banyule Local Hero for Sustainability in 2016 and was the 2018 Senior Victorian of the Year, Healthy and Active Living. Robin is passionate about creating safe, connected and sustainable communities.

Jörg Hildebrand

VICE PRESIDENT

Jorg is an experienced engineer, experienced predominantly in the building automation, energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Now he is heading the Australian office for active coatings for buildings, providing high energy savings and improved Indoor Air Quality. Jorg is also an accredited NABERS and CBD assessor.

Paul Gale-Baker

SECRETARY

Paul is a former teacher, former permaculture designer, a former Project Officer in the conservation movement and a retired relationship counsellor. He is currently president of Sustainable Macleod, a transition towns group in Banyule.

Randall Pearce

TREASURER

Randall is a chemical process engineer, having worked in the energy, chemical, pharmaceutical and food manufacturing industries over many years, on project development and engineering, process improvements, and in research, development and management.

Dr Trivess Moore

SENIOR ADVISOR

Trivess is a Senior Lecturer in the Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory at RMIT University and undertakes teaching and research in the sustainability and built environment space.

Dr Tony Lunken

RESEARCHER

Tony is a committed and passionate volunteer with multiple and varied involvement with climate change advocacy groups. He is particularly concerned about the contribution to climate change of the energy that we waste in our homes. After a career in social work he has grabbed the opportunity BCEG provides to contribute to the transition to a zero emission future.

Amanda Collier

DIGITAL CONTENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Formerly of the ABC, Amanda is an experienced digital product and content specialist, with a unique mix of expertise in both digital content development and product management.

Our partners

Over the past few years our team invited expressions of interest from local businesses to deliver solar and energy efficiency products to our local community. We requested details about their values, ethical framework, customer service, quality assurance, references, warranties and accreditations.

We ‘ve done the hard work for you by evaluating and selecting trusted installers with quality products and workmanship. We are proud to have partnered with Solargain, RMS Heating & Cooling and Earthworker Smart Energy Cooperative, to assist households and businesses in Banyule access solar and energy efficiency products at a discounted price.

Solargain

Solargain is the largest family owned Australian Solar Company and has been installing solar for over 16 years. With more experience than any other solar company in Australia, they have survived the test of time and understand the importance of quality products and care. They are ISO accredited and are a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer with over 70,000 installations across Australia.

RMS Heating and Cooling

RMS Heating and Cooling has built a great reputation over the last 25 years, offering high quality products paired with fantastic customer service. With a quick turn around on installations of all products, RMS has been paramount in the delivery and install of numerous reverse cycle heating and cooling systems around the metro Melbourne area for the past 25 years. They also decommission gas appliances and are ARC authorised to safely decommission old refrigerant based heat and cooling systems to ensure no escape of harmful gases into the atmosphere.

Earthworker Smart Energy Cooperative

Earthworker manufacture and install the market leading Reclaim heat pump hot water product. By partnering with Earthworker, we are supporting a dignified workplace that is run by its workers – all of whom take pride in producing our premium energy products to the highest quality. This also assists in the creation of clean-energy jobs in Victoria’s coal-power centre of the Latrobe Valley – helping re-deploy skills from the coal industry into new energy technologies, and addressing the region’s high unemployment rate. Earthworker also contribute 15% percentage of surplus profits towards social justice charities and supporting other worker co-ops to grow.

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