About Us

The Group

South West Community Energy Inc is an incorporated association. We function as a non-political, non-profit community group where members can work together to explore ideas and projects involving renewable energy.



South West Community Energy was first formed in 2015 by Murray Dancey, as a Facebook group. After completing his Masters degree with a research project on the "Urban Metabolism of Port Fairy", Murray was determined to share his learnings with the wider community, and seek out community members that shared his vision of a sustainable energy system for the South West.


After a series of informal meetings and a growing group of community members keen to organise and learn from each other, a formal group, South West Community Energy Inc. was formed in 2017.


The group was busy applying for grants to help fund their "Community Energy Education Caravan", and building momentum and capacity within the group.


We received a generous grant from Pacific Hydro - which allowed us to purchase our 2nd hand 1990 "Colt" caravan - which we will transform into our "Community Energy Education Caravan".

The Future

We are always looking to grow our membership, and talk to members of the community about ideas, suggestions and possible projects. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in joining us at one of our meetings, or if you want to chat to us.

Links and Resources

Our Facebook page is here.

Our Rules of Incorporation are here.

Amanda and Murray attending the Community Energy Congress in Melbourne March 2017

Sketches for an early market stall to promote SWCE

SWCE Market Stall in Feb 2017

SWCE Market Stall in Feb 2017

SWCE receiving a grant from Acciona in May 2019

Community Education Van in Sackville Street, Port Fairy, October 2019

Community Education Van at Spring Festival, Port Fairy, October 2019

Warrnambool Climate Emergency Event, October 2019