New microgrid project for Yackandandah

The town of Yackandandah. Image: FiledIMAGE /

A new microgrid project for Yackandandah, Victoria has been announced as part of a statewide investment in technology.

Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $380,389 in grant funding for the Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) Sanatorium Road Microgrid project.

The $932,879 initiative will establish a microgrid on Sanatorium Road in Yackandandah to help cut energy bills for local residents and help the community achieve their 100 per cent renewable energy target.

The project will increase the number of houses with solar PV and batteries on a Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) powerline and include control technology to manage network security.

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It has the potential to be used as a model for other communities to increase local renewable energy generation and alternative models for SWER line upgrades.

The Microgrid Demonstration Initiative grant program has provided $10 million to support eight state-wide microgrid projects totaling over $37 million in project value.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes says microgrid projects are part of the government’s plan to reduce energy prices, emissions and invest in renewables.

“This is the third initiative in Yackandandah and a vital one that will target an area with network constraints giving homes access to solar and batteries for energy support,” she says.

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