Giv­ing power to the peo­ple

McGowan calls for national en­ergy pol­icy to con­sider com­mu­nity en­ergy

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE Indi elec­torateI is some­thing of a hotspot for com­mu­nity en­ergy projects, seek­ing pow­er­ful, sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives to reliance on the national power grid.

As re­ported in Fri­day’s Chronicle, Mi­lawa has re­ceived a $100,000 State Govern­ment grant to pur­sue a mi­cro en­ergy grid model in the town that would com­prise so­lar en­ergy, en­ergy stor­age and hy­dro­gen fuel cell tech­nol­ogy.

And com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer, Indigo Power, is mov­ing for­ward to­wards its launch in early 2019.

Based in North East Vic­to­ria, the re­tailer will be a com­mu­nity owned and man­aged busi­ness, sell­ing elec­tric­ity to lo­cal cus­tomers and al­low­ing house­holds with so­lar (and a bat­tery sys­tem) to trade elec­tric­ity with one an­other.

Indigo Power aims to sup­port lo­cal re­new­able en­ergy projects, re­tain prof­its lo­cally, pro­vide a clean en­ergy al­ter­na­tive to the big power com­pa­nies, cre­ate lo­cal jobs and al­low for en­ergy trad­ing be­tween house­holds.

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