Plico project launch
The Dunsborough Community Energy Project this week rebranded to Plico Energy as it gears up for a regional expansion.
The rebranding was unveiled at Tuesday’s official launch of the project, which began in November and involves more than 200 residents leasing — rather than purchasing — solar PV and battery systems from the not-for-profit organisation.
Plico Energy business and project development manager Emma Morgan said they had received inquiries from coastal towns in WA’s north and from other towns in the greater South West as news of the Dunsborough project spread.
“We’re excited about the potential of this project to make energy green again for rural WA,” she said.
“The more people we can involve, the sooner we will reach our aim to enable our community to achieve 90 per cent renewable energy consumption, effectively ending heavy reliance on the traditional grid.
“That means less power outages, less coal-powered energy and a cleaner, greener future.”
Initially, each town would have welcome their own individual community energy project, but now they will all come under the Plico umbrella.
Financial backer SUSI last year pledged uncapped funding to the project over a limited time period, as reported by the Times.
For every system installed as part of the project, Redback Energy (the battery producer) will donate $250 to a community fund.
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