Yack sparks up energy

ASPIRATIONAL: Totally Renewable Yackandandah co-chairs Matt Grogan and Matt Charles-Jones.

YACKANDANDAH has become a target for the development of what is expected to be Australia’s first commercial mini-grid powered by renewable energy.

Totally Renewable Yackandandah and AusNet Services – Victoria’s largest energy delivery provider – will host community discussions in the town tomorrow to share information with the community about the prospects for the development.

A mini grid is an energy system in which a group of households are equipped with individual energy generation in the form of solar panels and battery storage capability.

As a mini grid this group can function as a stand-alone energy community using wireless communications, cloud-based software platforms and home energy management systems to maintain the system.

For TRY co-chair Matt Grogan the launch will mark the culmination of three years of planning and hard work.

“We started TRY in 2014 and have been working hard to develop a plan for Yackandandah that the whole community can be a part of,” he said.

“It’s exciting to be able to show off the very latest in renewable energy technology right here in Yackandandah.”

Some Yackandandah residents might not have to wait that long to be part of the mini-grid future.

A complete solar and battery mini-grid solution is being offered to one Yackandandah neighbourhood this year.

Mark Judd from Mondo Power – a community energy company working with TRY and AusNet – said the opportunity offered residents a chance to participate in a renewable energy system that is likely to become widespread in the future.

TRY volunteer Ben McGowan said that with the batteries in place it would be possible for households to optimise renewable energy consumption using the battery and to share electricity with one another.

The two TRY, AusNet Services and Mondo Power information sessions tomorrow (February 9) in Yackandandah Public Hall will be held 11am-12.30pm and 7-8.30 pm, are open to anyone to attend and are free.

 

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