Solar lessons could lead to bigger renewable energy project for Indigo Shire

Indigo Council has started work on creating a business case for its own community energy retailer, encouraging more people to take up solar energy.

The Victorian government has provided $99,079 to help the council employ a project officer to work with a project already started by Totally Renewable Yackandandah and AusNet Services.

A small estate in Yackandandah will take part in an Australia-first trial of a commercial renewable “mini grid”, consisting of solar panels, batteries and energy monitoring.

Indigo mayor Jenny O’Connor said she was thankful for funding for the council’s project officer, who would learn from the community project.

“TRY is an organisation that has got its act together really well … We take the lessons there and see how we can roll it out across the shire,” she said.

“What we want to see is an increase in renewable energy across the shire.”

Northern Victoria MLA Jaclyn Symes said the project had considerable potential to act as a catalyst for innovation.

“This Indigo Shire Council project is one of many across country Victoria that is making the most of opportunities presented through renewable energy generation,” she said.