This article comes from the Yarra Valley Leader, journalist: Elaine Phelan.
A HYDRO-ELECTRIC plant proposed for Warburton has the potential to generate enough energy to power 50 houses.
The $450,000 plant would be on Warburton Golf Course and use water from Ythan Creek.
A portion of the electricity created by the plant would be used to power the golf course with the remainder being fed into the grid.
Funds generated by selling electricity to the grid would be re-invested in community projects.
The initiative has won $50,000 from the Upper Yarra Community Enterprise, a Community Bank franchisee of the Bendigo Bank, to fund an investigation into its environmental viability.
Warburton Micro-Hydro project leader Luke Whiteside said if the study ticked all the boxes the Upper Yarra Community Enterprise would cover the total cost of the plant and work would begin early next year.
Upper Yarra Community Enterprise executive Geoff Vickers said the project was an exciting prospect for the bank.
“We have an abundance of running water which flows out of the hills around Mt Donna Buang and we are very aware of the need to generate electricity by clean means,” Mr Vickers said.
Mr Whiteside said in addition to the environmental and financial benefits, the plant could serve as a model for energy income generation in towns across Australia.
“We believe there could be up to 1000 towns that could run similar projects,” he said.
The scheme was featured at a national power conference in Bendigo this month.