Driving Down Energy Bills, Supporting Skills In The Valley

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Latrobe Valley residents reduce their energy bills providing  $5 million for practical energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.

The Latrobe Valley Home Energy Upgrade Program will help up to 1,000 homes in greatest need in the Latrobe City, Wellington and Baw Baw region – with household upgrades of up to $4,500 available.

The program will provide access to tailored packages of solar PV or solar hot water, and other improvements such as efficient lighting, at no cost.

This will support skills development and generate business in the Latrobe Valley and wider region by using local businesses, trades, and products to deliver home energy assessments and upgrades.

It will support households in greatest need to reduce their energy costs. Those eligible for the program will receive a home energy assessment to determine the best way to make changes around their home to reduce energy bills, before selecting a suitable upgrade package from a local program provider.

The Latrobe Valley Authority and Sustainability Victoria will work closely with local community, government and business stakeholders to refine details of the program. Further details will be made available by late April 2017, with upgrades taking place in the second half of 2017.

Register your interest in the program on the Latrobe Valley Authority website www.lva.vic.gov.au.  Applicants will receive updates as soon as applications are open.

Local businesses, trades and services are also encouraged to register their interest in being involved in the program.

This funding is the first of several energy efficiency programs the Labor Government is soon to announce that will assist families with their energy bills.

Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

”This program will help some of Victoria’s most vulnerable households to make practical upgrades that reduce their energy bills.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“As part of our record investment in the transition and development of the greater Latrobe Valley area, this Program will provide real and long-term help with energy bills and ease the pressure on vulnerable households, whilst boosting business for local workers.”

 Quote attributable to Latrobe Valley Authority Interim CEO Kylie White

“The Latrobe Valley Authority with Sustainability Victoria will be working with local providers to design a program that works best for local households and is beneficial for local industry.”