August 25, 2021

Solar power boost for public buildings

Program helps reduce energy bills for volunteer groups in Victoria and supports long-term sustainability.

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Solar panels on Melbourne Museum roof with Melbourne city skyline in the background. Solar battery installations will be considered for some sites, as well as solar panels and monitoring systems.

Solar on Public Buildings program is a $9.2 million program funded by the Victorian Government.

Dozens of volunteer community groups in Victoria will save thousands of dollars on energy costs by installing solar systems at no cost.

This program will install solar systems on volunteer-managed public buildings in the Barwon South West, Grampians, Hume, Loddon Mallee and Port Phillip regions.

The $9.2 million Solar on Public Buildings program is based on the model implemented in Gippsland in 2017-19, which led to solar systems being installed on 69 volunteer-managed public buildings and reduced power bills by an average of 81 percent.

Approved sites will receive an energy audit, site assessment and the supply and installation of a solar photovoltaic system.

More solar on public buildings

The initiative will see systems installed on public land community buildings run by volunteer committees of management across the state.

In addition to solar panels and monitoring systems, battery installations will be considered for some sites.

The program is making public sites such as community halls and sports and recreation facilities more sustainable by reducing carbon emissions and operating costs so they can continue to be used by local communities for years to come.

The program is being rolled out across the state over the next two years, providing an economic boost to local energy auditors and installers.

Real action on climate change

Nearly 200 energy audits − the first step in the design of a solar system − have been carried out on selected sites around the state.

Delivering real action on climate change in regional Victoria by investing in local projects will help communities build thriving and sustainable futures.

Strong investment in renewable energy and solar panels is creating local jobs, reducing power bills and helping Victoria achieve ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Solar grants

36 volunteer groups across the state will receive solar grants.

  • Amphitheatre Mechanics Institute Hall in Amphitheatre
  • Ballan Racecourse and Recreation Reserve in Ballan
  • Barkly Public Hall and Recreation Reserve in Barkly
  • Barmah Community Hall in Barmah
  • Barnawartha Recreation Reserve in Barnawartha
  • Buxton Memorial Hall Reserve in Buxton
  • Byrneside Public Hall in Byrnside
  • Cheshunt Hall and Recreation Reserve in Cheshunt
  • Chiltern Park Recreation Reserve in Chiltern Park
  • Eskdale Rec Reserve in Eskdale
  • Everton Upper Community Centre in Everton
  • Fawcett Mechanics Reserve Hall in Fawcett
  • Freeburgh Recreation and Public Hall in Freeburgh
  • Mongans Bridge Caravan Park Camping Reserve in Mongans Bridge
  • Moyhu Recreation Reserve in Moyhu
  • Murchison Caravan Park in Murchison
  • Myrtleford Recreation Reserve Sports Complex and Golf Club in Myrtleford
  • Sandy Creek Hall & Recreation Reserve in Sandy Creek
  • Tarrawingee Community Hall in Tarrawingee
  • Tatong Memorial Hall in Tatong
  • Undera Recreation Reserve in Undera
  • Murrabit Recreation Reserve Committee of Management in Murrabit
  • Nyah District Memorial Hall in Nyah
  • Ouyen Golf Course in Ouyen
  • Elmore Recreation Reserve in Elmore
  • Rushworth Community House in Rushworth
  • Gordon Recreation Reserve in Gordon
  • Cora Lynn Recreation Reserve Netball Club in Cora Lynn
  • Tonimbuk East Hall in Tonimbuk
  • Tynong Hall in Tynong
  • Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre Creche and Hall in Upper Beaconsfield
  • South Melbourne Temperance Hall in South Melbourne
  • Kywong Caravan Park in Kywong
  • The Old Courthouse in Casterton
  • Port Campbell Recreation Reserve Community Hall in Port Campbell
  • Tyrendarra Recreation Reserve Sports Pavilion in Tyrendarra

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