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6 March 2018

A gathering of bright minds could be the spark Albany needs to become WA’s first regional city completely powered by renewable energy.

This month the City of Albany and Western Power are collaborating to explore concepts with key stakeholders and the community to develop a self-sufficient energy network in the Albany region.

It will be WA’s first Energy Self-Sufficiency Hackathon involving experts from Western Power, industry, businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers.

With a wind farm at Sandpatch and wave energy technology also coming to Albany, Mayor Wellington said Albany was well placed to plug into more renewable energy options.

“The City is hosting a series of events and workshops with Western Power that will draw together regional stakeholders, industry and the community to collaboratively develop solutions that could be delivered on the ground in our region,” Mayor Wellington said.

A Strategic Community Workshop with invited stakeholders followed by a Community Information Session at the City of Albany on March 12 will pave the way for a two-day hackathon in Perth on March 22-23.

Hackathon participants will work in a team over the two days to build models and tools to deliver regional energy self-sufficiency, and will then present their work to a panel of expert judges, other participants and invited guests including Mayor Wellington.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to explore the parameters of renewable energy and how it can work for our region,” Mayor Wellington said.

“Renewable energy is something I am incredibly passionate about and it’s going to be fantastic bringing like-minded people together to discuss the possibilities as well as the additional opportunities renewable energy can bring to our city.” 

RSVP’s are required to take part in the Community Information Session at the City of Albany on Monday, March 12 from 5.30pm to 7pm, email innovate@atomicsky.com.au.