All posts by Alicia Quaglio

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!

Rural Councils of Victoria ‘Innovation Award’ for energy saving

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!

A good song reminds us what we are fighting for!

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.”