Here is a town where the entire populace has agreed – GO OFF GRID!
It is hard to believe, but the entire community has bought into the idea of going off grid. Granted, a small community of 300, but still quite a feat if they pull this off.
Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Do you know of any other communities that have taken their entire town off grid?
Sad to say this isn’t happening in the States, but maybe more people can come together and learn from this. Here are some of the hurdles they have had to overcome. And of course the biggest one you can guess – government tax and utility ownerships. Check it out.
Tyalgum is quietly working on a plan to become the first town in Australia to voluntarily disconnect from the electricity grid.
The small community is currently working to become 100 per cent reliant on renewable energy, and if it achieves this goal it could then voluntarily unplug from the grid.
Its location, about an hour’s drive north-west of Byron Bay, puts it in the perfect position to do it.
“It’s right on the end of the grid so it’s not disruptive to other communities further down the power line.”
Mr Price said the community is very receptive to the idea as there is already a huge push toward sustainability and renewable energy in the area.
Tosh Szatow, from Energy For the People, wrote a feasibility study for the renewables project that found frustrated community members want to take back control of energy infrastructure.”The community there is pretty frustrated with the rise in energy prices and not really seeing benefits proportionate to that — they’re not seeing more renewable energy, they’re not seeing better services and more reliable power,” he said.
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