Service to help with cheaper power

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Solar panels.
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Geraldton householders and business owners are invited to register for a service organisers say will supply cheaper electricity.

Geraldton Community Energy is a new company that aims to generate electricity by installing solar collectors, wind generators and storage batteries in any available space.

Anyone connected to the Western Power grid may apply to join the network.

Interim chief executive Rod Littlejohn said company representatives would then organise to visit and look at the applicant’s power bills to get an indication of their likely consumption.

At the same time he said they would inspect the premises to see if there were any suitable places to install renewable energy generators, batteries or both.

The power generated would then be fed into the Western Power grid.

Rod Littlejohn during a presentation in the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry boardroom recently.
Camera IconRod Littlejohn during a presentation in the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry boardroom recently. Credit: Geoff Vivian

Mr Littlejohn said this was not an opportunity for participants to sell power, but to buy it at about 18 per cent below the current Synergy price.

He set up the company with local businessmen Murray Hadley, Euan Beaumont and Mark Reid, who have comprised the interim board.

Mr Littlejohn said the company was seeking prospective board members from the Geraldton community who would be given free training, and also a new chief executive as he intended to resign soon.

Mr Littlejohn’s business, Tersum Energy, would own the batteries, wind generators and solar panels installed in homes and business premises.

More information will be available at a lunchtime session at Pollinators City Hive on March 6 at 12.30pm or by going to the Facebook page Geraldton Community Energy.

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