Guests at The Post Office Hotel in Sydney Road, Coburg may not realize that the pub has a 50kW solar generating system installed above their heads and that sometimes the pub sells its renewable electricity directly on the national electricity market.
The Post Office Hotel is connected to South Street Energy’s Distributed Generation Network – a collection of small-scale solar, wind and biogas generation systems, each individually managed by South Street Energy to enable owners to self-consume electricity. renewable electricity or trading electricity on the wholesale market when energy demand is high.
Labor MP for Wills Peter Khalil thinks this is the future of renewable energy generation.
“This is a great example of how innovative Australian businesses are working together to take action on climate change,” Mr Khalil said.
“This is how we will accelerate the transition to renewable energy, making it easier for small family business owners to operate renewable energy generation systems and participate in the energy market.”
Postal publican Danial Caneva says installing solar power makes environmental and financial sense.
“We installed solar power because we had the space available on the roof and we wanted our business to be as sustainable as possible,” says Mr. Danial Caneva, owner of The Post Office Hotel. “But it also has to make financial sense.”
“So far this year, we have sold approximately 20% of our solar electricity and received payments of $1,200 from South Street Energy.”
South Street Energy managing director Marco Bogaers says it’s a solution that can be added to any existing generation system, to maximize the value of renewable electricity for the homeowner.
“Our goal is to encourage greater adoption of renewable energy generation systems by offering more than electricity bill reductions,” Bogaers said.
South Street Energy won the Victorian iAward 2022 in August, in the Sustainability and Environmental Solution of the Year category, for its pioneering distributed generation network. South Street Energy enables owners of small-scale solar, wind and biogas generation systems to sell renewable electricity in the wholesale electricity market.
Each of the state winners will compete for the National iAwards title to be announced at the AIIA gala in October.