Energy efficient hot water!

Indigo Power and Totally Renewable Yackandandah are  conducting a Regional Bulk Buy of two energy-efficient hot water systems (HWS): Reclaim CO2 heat pumps and Apricus evacuated tube solar HWS. For the bulk buy offer we have partnered with Solar Integrity, Reclaim and Apricus to present a good price and use local tradespeople to do the installations.

Come along to a local town hall meeting and find out more:
When: Wednesday 17 July, 6:30pm
Where: Yackandandah Courthouse, 4 William St. Yackandandah, VIC 3749

With generous government rebates, it’s worth looking into and a key part of the push to 100% renewables.

The Bulk Buy offer is open until 18 October. For more information or to express your interest, go here. For specific questions contact [email protected]


Now more than ever, we need ambitious projects that tackle climate change and support community.


TRY is currently working hard to make Australia’s first community-owned medium-scale battery become a reality at the site of the old Yackandandah Saw Mill. The 250 kWh battery will be charged by the sun during the day, and will power up to 30 Yackandandah homes during the evening. But batteries are expensive, and the system will not pay for itself unless the cost of the battery is subsidised by $150,000.

The good news is that $40,000 has already been pledged (hooray!) Can you help us raise the rest?

Into Our Hands Foundation has set-up a tax-deductible fund just for TRY members to donate to this project. You can donate by visiting this link.

The donation platform issues a tax receipt immediately.

This battery will be the first of its kind, and perhaps our most important step yet toward 100% renewable Yack. Let’s dig deep to make it happen!

Battery installed at the Yack CFA

Yack CFA volunteers with their new 13kWh LG Chem Resu battery

No sign of fires for the Yack CFA volunteers, but they were greeted with the final piece of their energy system: a 13 kWh LG Chem Resu battery…. Hoorah!

An upgrade of the Yackandandah CFA station has been ongoing for a while; the changes started with the installation of an energy efficient split system air-conditioner and LED lighting. In 2018 the inefficient electric hot water system (HWS) was replaced with a reliable bottled gas instantaneous unit to provide for the infrequent use of hot water. And now they have 18 x 335 W LG solar panels and a 13 kWh battery. The battery inverter effectively allows operations as a standalone facility, though as it is a three-phase system, the site will still draw from the grid on the other two circuits during normal operations.

Solar Integrity personnel installing the new battery

The additions reduce running costs, make the CFA more resilient in times of emergency and capable of off-grid functionality – a definite plus during a bushfire.

Community solar at the Old Beechworth Gaol!

Today Indigo Power launched the first community owned solar installation in north-east Victoria at the Old Beechworth Gaol.

Supplying 55% of the site’s electricity requirements and over $1000 in annual savings, clean energy is making a difference in our community!

Others at the launch included: Renewable Albury Wodonga – RAW Energy, Solar Integrity, Indigo Shire Council, Cathy McGowan (Independent Member for Indi), WIN News Albury, PRIME7 News Border, ABC Goulburn Murray, 9 News Border North East, Mondo, and Totally Renewable Beechworth.

Third microgrid to be built at Yackandandah

Today Yackandandah is thrilled to learn of the Victorian Government’s support to build a third microgrid on the edge of town – with funding announced from the ‘Microgrid Development Initiative.’

Many thanks to Jaclyn Symes, Member for Northern Victoria, for making the announcement and for many people across Yack stepping up with Mondo, to unwrap a new way of doing electricity.

The $380,000 funding will support a total microgrid project cost of over $900,000 and will both support individual efforts to save money and reduce carbon emissions, but also work to deliver a tidier electricity supply in a ‘constrained’ Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) line – the network equivalent of an extension cord draped across paddocks!!

View the one step off the grid article here.

Key TRY partners, Solar Integrity have taken out an installer award

Luke Fraser WON the National Clean Energy Council Award for Best Solar PV System Design & Installation (Under 30kw, Grid Connect PV Power System with Battery Backup). His system design demonstrates how residences connected to single wire earth return (SWER) lines can install larger solar systems. The award was announced and awarded at the Grand Networking Event hosted by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) last night in Melbourne as part of the All Energy Conference, the countries largest industry conference.

This award is testament to Luke Fraser’s passion for the industry and his level of quality workmanship. This award is shared by the Solar Integrity team, Mondo Power, AusNet Services, University of Technology Sydney, Totally Renewable Yackandandah & of course our amazing customers who trust us with their dream homes.

TRY’s story published in renew. magazine

In his endless wanderings to promote the work of TRY and the transition to 100% renewables, Matt Charles-Jones must have told the TRY story many times. Well, this time someone took note when he spoke at renew. (formerly the Alternative Technology Association) Melbourne branch meeting and wrote it all down. Check out this article in renew. magazine (Issue 45, Oct 2018, pp.42) – it is a great overview of the incredible TRY journey.

Renewables research trial to be extended in Yackandandah

As you will have noticed, renewable energy is a hot topic both locally and at the state and national level. This week Totally Renewable Yackandandah, in partnership with AusNet Services and Mondo Power, is extending a nationally relevant research trial to all those people who already have Fronius Inverters AND Ubi Controllers.

This program, funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and led by the University of Technology Sydney – with on the ground technical expertise from Solar Integrity – is at the forefront of thinking in the emergent clean electricity market.

Just how do renewable energy systems (coordinated solar, batteries and control systems) get integrated in an electricity network designed to cart power in one direction from Latrobe Valley to points of use, residents, business and industry? And indeed, how can this be a win for electricity users – residents, business, industry, the government – and
the planet?

The extended research trial builds on the commitment of 14 local households in Osbornes Flat / Ben Valley. Thanks to those innovative folks.

It seems thrilling that Yack is at the positive and pointy end in unfolding the future orientated ‘distributed energy market place.’ Our new electricity retailer ‘Indigo Power’ is part of that market place.

Stay tuned – there’s more to come!!

Kangaloola battery charges up

A great result for the Yack locals caring for wildlife at the Kangaloola Wildlife Shelter. The shelter cares for orphaned, injured and abandoned wildlife. Located in the bush outside Yackandandah, it has no mains power and previously used a diesel generator for electricity, and LPG and a wood fire for their hot water. This meant a noisy and expensive energy supply.

Having installed solar and batteries, they have now ditched the previously constant hum (drum) of a generator. Surely a better healing environment for the animals!!

We will do some sums after a year to capture the real life savings!