Utility-scale renewable energy projects are typically defined as those 10 megawatts or larger. Members of REB research, monitor and discuss options which 'switch' the source of energy used at a 'utility scale' from fossil fuels to renewable energy. They:
RESEARCH and discuss waste to energy projects; solar gardens: utility scale solar farms; battery storage; micro-grids; pumped hydro & other options. Kevin Smith is currently our representative on the working group developing the Hume Community Power Hub Project Plan. Kevin is also researching the viability of Solar Gardens and reporting back to the committee on developments at the Haystacks Solar Garden Project in Grong Grong, NSW. Recently retired member Adrian Howden researched possibilities such as gasification based waste conversion systems and 'lighthouse' waste to energy projects elsewhere in Australia and liased with Council staff about the feasibility of establishing a regional waste to energy project in Benalla.
MONITOR and disseminate information about local utility scale initiatives - for example:
Lochard Energy's Winton H2REFUEL Project - with 55MW Solar Farm - refer Community Newsletter #1 - June 2023
Key permit issues for solar farm applications clarified in Esco Pacific v Wangaratta Council VCAT judgement March 24 2019
Banner Images _FRV Winton Solar Farm in development, 15 August 2020