Yackandandah just got one step closer to reaching its 100% renewable energy target, with 10 public buildings flicking the switch to solar in an event held at their Public Hall at the end of October.
With $104,000 of funding from the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and $80,000 of local funding, the public buildings project has added an additional 74 kW of solar to the town. This is expected to generate 102 MWh annually, the equivalent volume of power needed to supply 18 homes.
The buildings include the Public Hall, Sports Park, Yackandandah CFA, Museum, Masonic Hall, Health Service, Osbornes Flat, Wooragee Hall, Bruarong Hall and the Indigo Valley CFA.
These systems are all linked by the electricity grid and the Mondo Ubi smart energy controller, and soon also the community energy retailer, Indigo Power.
The Public Hall installed 11 kW of solar panels and a massive 13 kWh of battery storage, as well a Mondo Ubi smart energy controller. The battery allows daytime energy to be used in the evening and can support continued operation during mains power outages.
TRY Spokesperson, Denis Ginnivan said Yackandandah is pioneering the future of energy, “Yackandandah is proud to be leading on what the future of energy will look like. Not only will the public benefit from cheaper energy costs for public buildings, but with smart technology, all these buildings will be linked up to the Yackandandah mini-grid.”
“Community energy hubs combine local renewable energy generation, storage and energy sharing, giving our communities control over their energy future. TRY has projects underway to add community-scale generation and storage to create a genuine, reliable, resilient and affordable local energy market.”
The Yackandandah mini-grid will be connected through local community energy company, Indigo Power and Mondo’s Ubi smart controller.