After a year unlike any other, we gathered in the Osbornes Flat Hall on December 16 for our last committee meeting. As we set up a projector screen and put out the drinks and nibbles for an end-of-year quiet celebration, we planned on watching the Premiers Sustainability Awards ceremony but didn’t really believe that we would win. There were so many worthy, energetic and inspiring projects in the finalists (check them out here).
So we are over the moon to win the Community Category in the awards. And the Premiers Regional Recognition Award! It is fantastic recognition for our public Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project that launched in September 2019.
Thanks to Sustainability Victoria for the fantastic video!
The award was for leadership and excellence in sustainable initiatives with demonstrated benefits for communities. The communal benefits of a network of public buildings that generate their own power, with some of them also storing energy, must have made a compelling submission!
On a project of that size, with planning and negotiation over a couple of years and countless hours of work, we couldn’t have done it without the encouragement and sponsorhip of our partners and many other people and organisations. Heartfelt thanks go to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Indigo Shire Council, Into Our Hands Foundation, Yackandandah Folk Festival, YCDCo and the committees of the public buildings which participated. For further details on the VPP and award nomination, see our news item here.