Last week we celebrated a huge milestone, the generation of 1GWh of hand-crafted local electrons. That’s equivalent to taking 238 cars off
the road for a year!
There’s a lovely story and photo on it in PB News by PRObono Australia. Check it out here.
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.
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.
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 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!!
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!
Bit of excitement this week for TRY and the Yack community! We have been lucky enough to receive the Rural Councils of Victoria ‘Innovation Award’ for energy saving. Thanks to the organising committee, especially as the award came with a small cash contribution…
Check out this article about it on the SolarQuotes website.
Pictured here is Indigo Shire Mayor, Cr. Jenny O’Connor accepting the award on our behalf in Lakes Entrance.
Thanks Jenny and to all those involved!
Musician and former Goanna frontman Shane Howard has released a new song about the inspiring work being done by Totally Renewable Yackandandah. The song reminds us of the power of community and how it is possible to build a better future.
All proceeds from the song go toward a fund helping Yackandandah to reach 100% renewable energy. Read this short article on Shane Howard’s website for the story behind the song:
Have a listen, download the song today, and help empower local community to make a difference.
“TRY is an anthem for optimism, determination and hope.”
Totally Renewable Yackandandah was presented with the Banksia Foundation’s sustainable and resilient communities award at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday, 1 November 2017.
Check out this article on TRY by journalist Neelima Choahan in
/ARENAwire/, the news feed of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
It tells how TRY really got started and some of the locals get a mention!
“It’s just that sense of community and knowing we are contributing to something bigger rather than just being the only people in the whole town community with solar panels on our roof. That we are helping to drive towards a community goal – it is the power of numbers.” –– Donna Jones