Yinnar Solar Footpath
“Community-led projects like this really demonstrate the benefits of transitioning to renewable energy, not only for the community but also in building a sustainable energy future for us all” – Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio.
For over ten years, the community had identified lighting the 1km path from the town’s centre to their recreation reserve as a high priority project.
Safety concerns about people walking home next to a dark country road, particularly in the winter months, had always been a significant concern. However, the lighting would also allow the community to expand the use of their facilities.
Reticulated lighting was just too expensive and needed to be installed entirely, whereas smart street lights offered a cheaper, more flexible solution in which poles could be installed individually as funding became available.
The community association raised an impressive $20,000 for the solar pathway lights and was supported by the Latrobe City Council who contributed a further $20,000. The Latrobe Valley Authority granted a Community and Facility Fund worth $120,000 to complete the project in a single install.