The Town of Yackandandah: Community Renewable Grids and Future Prospects

The Town of Yack Takes the Power Back: Now What’s Next for Community Renewable Grids?


Three years ago, Ben McGowan and Campbell Klose created an ambitious plan to establish an independent renewable energy network in the small town of Yackandandah in north-east Victoria. This initiative gave rise to two organizations: Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY), a community engagement body, and Indigo Power, a start-up energy company. As the town dealt with the aftermath of the devastating bushfires and faced the challenges of pandemic lockdowns, we contemplated the potential contributions of such community-led initiatives to a resilient and recovered world. This article explores the progress and future prospects of Yackandandah’s renewable energy network in response to the question posed by the CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Kelly O’Shanassy, “What do you want your community to look like on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis?”

Examining the Answers

After three years since its inception, it is opportune to analyze the outcomes and responses to this question.

The Impact of TRY

Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) has been instrumental in promoting community engagement and fostering a sense of ownership in the renewable energy network. Through various initiatives and campaigns, TRY has successfully raised awareness and educated the residents about sustainable energy practices. The strong community support has propelled the growth of the project and enabled Yackandandah to become a shining example of a town taking control of its energy future.

Indigo Power: Empowering the Community

Indigo Power, the start-up energy company formed as a result of the Yackandandah initiative, has played a crucial role in facilitating the transition to renewable energy. By providing affordable and reliable renewable energy options, Indigo Power has empowered the community to make sustainable choices and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The company’s commitment to local job creation and economic development has further strengthened community resilience.

Building a Recovered World

The Yackandandah community’s response to the question of what their community should look like after the COVID-19 crisis is inspiring. They envision a future where renewable energy is predominant, and sustainable practices are deeply ingrained in their daily lives. The town aspires to be a model for other communities, showcasing the power of grassroots initiatives in creating a resilient and recovered world.

Conclusion and Next Steps

Three years on, Yackandandah’s journey towards a community-owned renewable energy grid has demonstrated the potential for collaborative efforts to drive positive change. The progress made by TRY and Indigo Power has inspired many and highlighted the importance of community engagement in shaping sustainable lifestyles. Moving forward, it is essential to continue supporting and expanding such initiatives that prioritize clean and renewable energy sources. By doing so, we can work towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

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