Australia’s first community mini grid launched in Yackandandah

Australia’s first community mini grid launched in Yackandandah

Late last week, Australia’s first commercial mini grid, powered by Mondo Power, was officially launched in Yackandandah, Victoria.

Heavy rain lead to a late change in venue but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the excited locals and guests who were keen to celebrate the culmination of almost two years of hard work that has resulted in significant progress towards the community’s goal to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2022.

The Yackandandah mini grid, the first of its kind in Australia, is the result of a partnership between Mondo Power, AusNet Services and Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY). What is a mini grid?

Among the guests joining the local community at the event were Federal MP Cathy McGowan, local Mayor Jenny O’Connor, ACT Environmental Commissioner Kate Auty and former ACT Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell.

This pioneering community energy project involves 169 homes and combines rooftop solar systems, battery storage and Mondo Ubi – the smart energy monitoring and management system powering the mini grid.
What is Mondo Ubi?

For Mondo Power customers this means generating their own renewable solar energy and being able to monitor how their community is tracking against its renewable energy targets.

The partnership project has received a Banksia Award for Sustainable and Resilient Communities well as the Energy Consumers Australia and Energy Networks Australia Consumer Engagement Innovator award.

The successful project launch is having a ripple effect across the region, where neighbouring communities have begun investigating the possibility for creating mini grids of their own.