Bendigo Planning To Power Itself With Underground Hydropower

If proven feasible it could be replicated across the state in other locations with mineshaft networks, natural groundwater and good solar access

The Victorian Government has backed a plan to power Bendigo using underground hydropower as reported by ABC News.

Victoria will be taking advantage of pumped hydro using abandoned gold mines under the city.

A community group approached the Central Deborah Goldmine to look for solutions to a costly groundwater problem. Ken Mann, a retired engineer, and Bendigo Sustainability Group volunteer saw the potential. He said the surplus solar power can be used to pump water up to a water reservoir.

The state government and the city of Greater Bendigo provided a $150,000 grant for a pre-feasibility study and according to Benjamin White of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning the estimates are very promising.

Click here to read the full story on ABC News

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