The Alpine Shire Council commissioned a business case feasibility assessment of tourism activation concepts for Mount Buffalo. Mount Buffalo has the potential to become an exemplar in sustainable design, innovation and renewable energy solutions for regional Victoria and Australia.






Mount Buffalo, VIC




In collaboration with PwC, HIP V. HYPE Sustainability explored the potential for Mount Buffalo to be serviced entirely using locally generated, sustainable energy. We created an integrated off-grid renewable energy solution to support the mountain’s sustainable future.

Our analysis focused on understanding what options are available for servicing the energy needs of the development (heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and power, and hot water) on-site in order to mitigate the need for potentially costly and disruptive infrastructure upgrades. Our assessment:

  • Analysed energy demand and technology options under various development scenarios
  • Looked at 3 case studies demonstrating global best practice in sustainable energy solutions in alpine regions
  • Developed 3 alternative energy servicing solutions ranked by technical feasibility and high-level cost analysis

The Alternative Energy Solutions report provided input to the Mount Buffalo Business Case Assessment and Activation. This has been released publicly and received significant interest from local communities and the media.


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