Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) is a community group, formed at the beginning of 2014 as a result of a community energy forum in Yackandandah, organised by Indigo Shire Council. TRY has brought together community members passionate about the notion of powering their town with 100 per cent renewable energy, and aims to achieve “energy sovereignty” for Yackandandah by the year 2022.
In order to achieve these aims, the group will be looking to work with organisations, businesses, individuals and energy stakeholders in the community to firstly, reduce their energy consumption, and secondly, enable renewable energy generation and storage.
For TRY’s purposes, renewable energy generation:
- produces no greenhouses gas emissions;
- does not rely on a finite resource;
- does not produce harmful by-products; and
- includes technology such as photovoltaic cells, concentrated solar thermal, wind and biomass energy generation.
TRY is committed to assisting members of the local community to not only implement strategies to radically reduce household and business energy consumption, but also eliminate the consumption of fossil fuels by sourcing, generating and storing electricity from renewable sources. TRY also envisions its work will strengthen the cohesion and resilience of the local community.