Pub­lic to de­cide name of com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

A LO­CALLY owned com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer is call­ing on the pub­lic to help choose a name. The com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer project was born from Yackan­dan­dah’s goal to be pow­ered 100 per cent by re­new­able en­ergy by 2022.

It will al­low res­i­dents to share so­lar power be­tween them­selves and will fa­cil­i­tate the devel­op­ment of more com­mu­nity re­new­able en­ergy across the re­gion.

More than 600 peo­ple across the re­gion have signed up to the re­tailer af­ter the Com­mu­nity En­ergy Road­show trav­elled across the North East two weeks ago.

“The lo­cal com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer needs a name and who bet­ter to choose it than the peo­ple of North East Vic­to­ria,” project man­ager Ben McGowan said.

“Part­ner groups of the com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer project have helped us hone down five names, which at­tempt to evoke dif­fer­ent as­pects of our re­gion.

“Whether lo­cal geo­graph­i­cal icons, like the Mur­ray River or the mighty Mount Bo­gong, or en­demic trees like the sweet smelling Pep­per­mint Gum, with an­other op­tion that ref­er­ences the com­mu­nity spirit of the project.

“We are call­ing on ev­ery­one to visit the web­site and vote on a name.

“We will be a com­mu­nity owned and lo­cally op­er­ated re­tailer, and we are giv­ing our com­mu­nity a say right from the be­gin­ning.”

The five names in­cluded in the poll are In­digo Power, Pep­per­mint Power, Indi Power, Com­mon Power and Bo­gong Elec­tric­ity.

Vot­ing will close on Thurs­day, Au­gust 23 and the win­ning name will be an­nounced early the fol­low­ing week.

To vote visit www.com­mu­ni­tyen­er­gyre­tailer.com/name.

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