Members of REB interested in Utility Scale and Storage options are investigating changing the source of energy used at a 'utility scale' including waste to energy projects; utility scale renewables, battery storage and micro grids. Members are currently:
RESEARCHING and monitoring waste to energy projects; solar gardens: utility scale solar farms; storage batteries; micro-grids; pumped hydro & other options. Kevin Smith is currently researching into the viability of Solar Gardens and is watching with interest and reporting back to the committee on developments at the Haystacks Solar Garden Project in Grong Grong, NSW.Adrian Howden continues to research possibilities such as gasification based waste conversion systems and to engage in discussions with 'lighthouse' waste to energy projects elsewhere in Australia and with Council staff about the feasibility of establishing a regional waste to energy project in Benalla.
The potential and viability of pumped hydro options which utilise small generators installed in water supply pipes has come up in discussion. Generating clean energy by using the excess pressure that builds up in gravity-fed water pipes between elevated reservoir sources and customers to drive a hydro turbine and generate electricity was discussed in "Victoria University engineers tap into a clean source of energy" A publication by the US Department of Energy which considers such options - 'Pumped Storage and Potential Hydropower from Conduits' Report to Congress 2015 - may interest the technically minded.
MONITORING proposals and planning submissions in the community and disseminating information about utility scale initiatives which have synergy with REB's vision and goals.
Glenrowan West Solar Farm starts sending power to the Grid - Renew Economy, 23 Dec. 2020
Wangaratta solar farm sold, paving way for construction - Renew Economy, 21 Dec. 2020
'Employment Up as Winton Solar Farm Construction progresses' FRV Media Release August 12 2020
FRV secures finance for its 85MW solar farm at Glenrowan - construction is expected to commence soon
Key permit issues for solar farm applications clarified in Esco Pacific v Wangaratta Council VCAT judgement March 24 2019
Lightsource BP's Winton solar farm - Planning permission granted
Goorambat Solar Farm Community Consultation
REB research continues into Sierra Energy's FastOx Gasification based Waste Conversion System
Banner Images _FRV Winton Solar Farm in development, 15 August 2020