Totally Renewable Yackandandah - on target for 100% renewable energy
Posted February 29, 2016
CATHY McGOWAN (Indi) (16:34): I would like to extend my congratulations and ongoing support for the amazing work being done by the community group in my electorate called Totally Renewable Yackandandah. TRY is an incorporated association formed as a direct result of a community energy forum held by the Indigo Shire Council in March 2014.
The goal of TRY is to have 100 per cent of Yackandandah's electricity supply sourced from renewable energy by 2022. The team is working tirelessly with residents and businesses to achieve this target. To date, Yackandandah has 30.7 per cent of its roofs installed with solar PV panels, compared with a national average of 14 per cent. In recent years, several projects such as stand-alone power systems at Yackandandah Men's Shed and the PV installation powering by the Yackandandah Community Development Company, the community centre and the local hospital have raised the profile. Congratulations to TRY on their important work and the community attitudes towards a 100 per cent renewable energy target for Yackandandah. This recently released survey was done in conjunction with the Charles Sturt University. I offer particular congratulations to Matthew Charles-Jones, the inaugural President of TRY; Matt Grogan, the current President of TRY, and Annette Nuck, who is the CEO of Yackandandah Health, which recently installed 348 solar panels on their roofs. It is going to save them over $1 million in the near future. Well done, TRY!