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Latrobe Valley To Reap Benefits Of Solar

24 October 2019

The Latrobe Valley community is slashing its energy bills, with an important recreational facility set to benefit from solar power, thanks to community donations and support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the Loch Sport Community Hall will be donated a 4.4-kilowatt solar system through the Gippy Bulk Buy Program - saving the community $1,400 a year on its energy bills.

The program was one of the first initiatives to be funded under the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub Program, providing residents and businesses with high quality solar and hot water systems using local installers.

Under the program, local residents buy solar PV and hot water systems through a bulk-buy scheme – cutting costs and ensuring the benefits of installing solar stays in the Valley.

The Gippy Bulk Buy Program has already helped 42 households and four businesses install 326 kilowatts of solar power.

Those participating in the program will save $128,000 a year on their energy bills and $3.2 million over the lifespan of the solar systems, while generating $100,000 of revenue for local installers.

A percentage of sales from the program were set aside to donate the solar PV system to the Loch Sport Community Hall.

The Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub Program was funded through the Labor Government’s $900,000 Community Power Hub Project, which is being trialled for two years in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.

The project brings together locals to develop community-owned and operated renewable energy projects in regional areas.

This is an important part of the Government’s plan to reach its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

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

“These projects will help to reduce energy bills while at the same time cutting the costs of community sport and recreation in the Latrobe Valley.”

“The community-owned and operated power hubs are driving investment into regional Victoria, creating jobs and producing cleaner, cheaper energy.”

“We’re helping communities use their skills and expertise to develop renewable energy projects.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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