Opening of Solar Array at the State Coal Mine

On Friday May 3 Grow Lightly was well represented at this event in Wonthaggi. There were many people present to celebrate this project which had been five years in the making.

The project by the Energy Innovation Co-op is called Old Energy, New Energy and demonstrates the transition from coal to renewable energy. The old black coal mine was operated by the State of Victoria from 1909 to 1968 and produced almost 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria’s industries and railways. But now, again with the help of the State government (which gave the Energy Innovation Co-op a grant to realise their dream), the old coal mine is now a tourist attraction to show people the history of coal which can also demonstrate the power of a new energy source solar power with battery storage. For those who love figures they are: 100kW solar PV system and 40+kWh battery storage system. The renewable energy project launched on site is expected to become a template for the roll-out of renewable power generation to other tourism sites in Victoria. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio officially opened the system. Income provided to the Energy Innovation Co-op by the sale of electricity to Parks Victoria, will contribute towards the Southern CORE Fund (Community Owned Renewable Energy) to enable further projects to be established. As part of this you are invited to a community consultation. Grow Lightly will attend the event in Korumburra on Sunday May 26 between 12 noon and 4. Lunch and afternoon tea is provided. Venue will be notified in the Grow Lightly newsletter next week.

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