Vietnamese Community Embracing Solar Power

The Vietnamese community are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF), after receiving a $100,000 grant to increase the up-take of solar panels.

The Labor Government has announced that the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association (AVWA), in collaboration with the Yarra Energy Foundation, would receive funding from the second round of the $20 million NEJF.

The aim of this project is to increase the up-take of renewable energy by using a Vietnamese language campaign to target 86,000 residents and businesses in the Vietnamese community.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the project would also offer financing options to help community members purchase solar energy.

The Labor Government received a strong response to the second round of the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund, with applicants providing innovative ideas for projects that support a clean energy future and help position Victoria as a leader in new energy technologies.

The fund is a key component of our $200 million Future Industries Fund to support high growth, high value industries, such as the new energy technologies sector that are critical to securing Victoria’s future as a competitive, innovative and outward looking economy.

The New Energy Jobs Fund is one way the Labor Government is striving to help Victorian communities and businesses to develop projects that create jobs and support a clean energy future.

Over 50 applications were received in round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund, resulting in 21 successful projects receiving a total of $6.7 million in grants.

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

“This project combines the AVWA’s expertise in translation and community engagement with the Yarra Energy Foundation’s track record in delivering solar projects.”

“Renewable energy is vital to Victoria’s energy future – making energy supplies cleaner, attracting investment and creating jobs.”