The North East is a step closer to sourcing and selling its own energy, with the set-up of a community energy network.
Following on from Yackandanah’s pilot program involving a “mini-grid” of homes in the town, the network is setting up a system to allow other communities to generate electricity themselves using a solar and battery system.
Convener Cam Klose said having a community-owned business selling electricity to customers would prevent people having to rely on expensive energy from the grid.
“A local community energy retailer just makes sense,” he said.
“There is a lot of excitement across the region for a community energy retailer that creates local jobs and invests the profits back in our towns and communities.”
The retailer is planning to launch in the second half of 2018 or early 2019.