“Community-led projects like this really demonstrate the benefits of transitioning to renewable energy, not only for the community but also in building a sustainable energy future for us all” – Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio.
For over ten years the community had identified lighting the one-kilometre path from the towns centre to their recreation reserve as a high priority project.
Safety concerns about people walking home next to a dark country road, particularly in the winter months, had always been a significant concern. However, the lighting would also allow the community to expand the use of their facilities.
Reticulated lighting was just too expensive and needed to be installed entirely, whereas solar powered lights offered a cheaper, more flexible solution in which poles could be installed individually as funding became available.
The Power Hub was able to overcome barriers holding back this project. Our role included providing feasibility advice, networking opportunities, working with project partners and assisting the community to develop their own renewable energy project.
Yinnar and District Community Association treasurer, John Harris (below) worked tirelessly to see this project realised for his community.
The community association raised an impressive $20,000 for the project and were supported by the Latrobe City Council who contributed a further $20,000. The Latrobe Valley Authority granted a Community and Facility Fund worth $120,000 to complete the project in a single install.
A video of the solar footpath and quotes from other stakeholders can be found here.
To view our earlier interview with John follow this link.