A clean tech expert is hoping to tap into crowd-funding and community ownership models to help install solar energy and address the soaring costs of dirty fossil fuels in remote Western Australian communities. Peter Hansford of Regional Cleantech Solutions, recently hosted a community solar forum at Notre Dame University in Broome. It attracted 110 people and $120,000 in pledges for community solar projects. Hansford in confident that such a model an be used to harness the plentiful solar resources of north-western Australia and he has spoken with five separate indigenous communities in the Kimberley region about such projects. In the Kimberley region, the average daily usage by household is 34 kWh, compared to 16 kWh across the nation, and can be as high as 50 kWh in the wet season. The cost of energy – mostly sourced from diesel trucked in from regional centres – is also high. Hansford said that in some communities truck in costs and energy bills can reach up to $11,000 per household per year. Jarlmadangah currently spends around $209,000 on diesel per annum for its town of 70 people, a small school and health clinic. The community of Yakanarra is said to have five months of diesel stockpiled – […]
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