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Solar power ahead for Yarra Glen businesses

Yarra Glenergy

Friday, 23 February, 2018

Yarra Glen's renewable energy group is seeking businesses large and small to partner with, to host solar panels and generate clean energy in town.

Yarra Glenergy is seeking expressions of interest from businesses in the 3775 postcode to host solar panels on their buildings at no upfront cost.

Power generated through the project will then be sold to the host businesses - the income will be used for further renewable energy and community projects and the business will own the solar system after 10 years.

Yarra Glenergy Treasurer, Melinda Koth, said the group would be handing out flyers over the coming week and talking to businesses about the project.

"We're putting out the EOI to get as many businesses as possible interested," Ms Koth said.

"They can be small or larger businesses, it doesn't matter – they can put in their expressions and we'll assess them to find the best fit for the project."

"If the business is selected, they will have solar panels installed at no cost, purchase renewable energy knowing the profits will return to community groups and projects, and will take ownership of the system after 10 years.

"This is part of a wider project about renewable energy and promoting it for the benefit of the community."

"I'm feeling very confident that we'll have our first project underway in the next few months, completed by July, and we'll have one or two other projects completed by the end of the year.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Len Cox, congratulated the group and its members on embracing the solar project.

"We know that sustainable, clean energy is important for the future of the planet and our environment," Cr Cox said.

"From the outset, the Yarra Glenergy members have taken ownership of this project, organising letter drops, community meetings and consulting with residents on the street.

"I'm proud to see the level of support for this project, from both the group members and the wider community, and I look forward to seeing community-led solar in Yarra Glen take shape."

The Yarra Glenergy group was formed after a People's Panel was convened during April and May in 2016. Community members made recommendations to Council on where funds from the sale of 39-41 Bell Street should be allocated in capital works for the town.

Council unanimously endorsed these recommendations, which were to use the proceeds on establishing the Yarra Glen Circuit River Walk and a community-led renewable energy project in town.

Yarra Glenergy held its first Annual General Meeting in June, 2017, and became incorporated as a group.

For more information, or to enquire about membership, email yarraglenergy@gmail.com.