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.
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.
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.
36 volunteer groups across the state will receive solar grants.
“Most homeowners worry about rising electricity bills so we create custom solar plans to ensure you never face outrageous bills ever again.”