The Ballarat community is set to save thousands on power bills and direct the savings where they are needed most.
The Government has granted $450,000 to install solar and battery generated power at eight community buildings and sites, which will enhance the Ballarat community’s assets, create jobs, reduce energy costs, maximise savings and reduce emissions at a local level.
The funding for Ballarat is part of a $15.3 million energy package unveiled by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio to invest in renewables, grow jobs and keep energy bills low.
The eight projects were identified and developed by Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc (BREAZE) through Ballarat’s Community Power Hub Program, as community-owned and operated renewable energy projects that will benefit Ballarat and the wider region.
Child and Family Services (CAFS) will receive $30,000 to install solar systems on their sites. This will allow them to reduce energy costs so that savings can be directed into community programs.
- McCallum Disability Services will receive $70,000 to install solar on eight social housing sites for people with disabilities to reduce their energy costs.
- Ballarat Regional Industries will receive $35,000 to install solar to offset energy costs for workshop site for disability services provider and enhance job opportunities.
- Ballarat Cemetery Trust will receive $80,000 to install battery to provide power to crematorium during power outages.
- Ballarat Table Tennis Association will receive $35,000 to install a solar system to offset costs and provide better facilities for members.
- Ballarat Squash and Racquetball Club will receive $25,000 to install a 20 kW solar system to offset costs and provide better facilities for members.
- The Old Colonist Association will receive $75,000 to solar on twelve social housing sites for low socio-economic pensioners.
- Uniting Care Australia will receive $100,000 to install solar systems on UnitingCare social housing in Ballarat and Western Victoria to reduce energy costs for low-income households.
The Community Power Hubs are part of a pilot program, co-funded with Sustainability Victoria, that supports community-owned and operated renewable energy projects in the regional areas of Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.
The Victorian Government is investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency as part of its $2.7 billion Building Works package for projects to get thousands of people back to work.