A renewable energy program, due to be launched in Benalla this month, aims to help businesses kick-start their journey to zero-carbon emissions.
Renewable Energy Benalla (REB) has invited Mondo Power, a commercial subsidiary of AusNet Services, to provide a battery ready solar bulk-buy offer.
Relying on local installers, the program will offer the opportunity to purchase high-quality solar systems tailored to match the individual needs of Benalla residents and businesses.
Each system will also include an Ubi, a smart control device, which will ready properties for the transition to battery storage and the potential to trade power with neighbours.
With the support of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), a national not-for-profit think tank, REB has prepared a plan to transition Benalla to a zero-emissions future.
It is expected that this ambition will bring strong cost savings to electricity users and provide a platform to boost the strength and resilience of the local economy.
At the same time, the reduced emissions will help Australia meet its commitments to the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
REB representative John Lloyd, who is also president of the Benalla Sustainable Futures Group, said the bulk-buy program was the culmination of three years of hard work.
‘‘This bulk-buy program (looks at) how we can scale up the adoption of solar power, and do so in a way that has an eye on the transformative capacity of battery storage technology and local trading,’’ Mr Lloyd said.
‘‘Our vision is to integrate an energy supply where everybody can actively participate in the generation, storage and sharing of electricity throughout the Benalla community.
‘‘An important piece of the program being offered is the Mondo Power control device, the Ubi.
‘‘This is a smart system, which optimises the way electricity is used and allows people to see in real time how they’re using electricity, and can therefore help people reduce their consumption.
‘‘Benalla Rural City strongly supports the work of REB and recognises the bill-saving value the bulk-buy program will bring to residents and businesses.
‘‘The council is investing in Solar Photovoltaics with installations at the art gallery, the Indoor Recreation Centre and the Town Hall and is investigating opportunities for further installations on council buildings.’’
An information session is being held at BPACC starting at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 10.
A second session will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 22.
●RSVPs are requested via email to [email protected] by April 6. Please confirm which session and how many people will attend.