November 5, 2014
By: Giles Parkinson / Renew Economy
Australia: Victoria town aims to be 100% renewable by 2022
Matthew Charles-Jones / Yackandandah Solar roof Photo credit: Renew Economy
It seems that it is not just towns in New South Wales that are looking to meet all their own electricity needs with renewable energy – a small township in Victoria is also looking to become 100% renewable within a decade.
The small town of Yackandandah, about 120kms south of Albury Wodonga, will host the launch of the ”Totally Renewable Yackandandah” initiative later this month that aims to achieve the goal by 2022.
Yackandandah and surrounding villages already have a penetration rate of rooftop solar of 28.7 per cent, with 201 of the 700 dwelling buildings hosting a total of 600kW of solar. The Indigo Shire that surrounds it has the highest solar penetration of any council in the state.
Spokesman Matthew Charles-Jones (pictured left) says the group will work in three stages: the first is to create a shared vision; the second is to encourage energy efficiency and rooftop solar, as well as battery storage, at an individual household and business level; and the third is to look at local generation and technologies that would solve the problem of night-time demand and cloudy days.
“We are not approaching it from a technical point of view and saying we should build a large solar farm,” Charles-Jones says. That, he says, they will leave to the experts, and judging from the response to the zero net energy town initiative in NSW, where 18 consultancies issues a tender, there is plenty of expertise around.