Giving power to the people
McGowan calls for national energy policy to consider community energy
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.