Monday 5 October 2020

The Victorian Government is helping regional community facilities use renewable energy technologies to reduce electricity costs, create local jobs and support clean power.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Walwa Bush Nursing Centre has been awarded $199,471 as part of round five of the New Energy Jobs Fund.

Installing a future focused energy system, including solar panels and batteries, that will allow the Nursing Centre’s energy supply to become solar powered, with a backup battery to meet peak loads and provide power overnight when the solar system is not generating. This will provide low-emissions and low-cost power for the integrated community health facility and respond to the learning of the devastating fires of the 2019/20 summer as well as addressing regular power outages through supply problems and flood.

They are among 13 community-owned renewable energy projects to be funded across the state – with more than $1 milllion allocated – and all aligned with the Regional Renewable Energy Roadmaps that were released in May.

The roadmaps were developed by local community groups and set out individual – though complementary – strategies to help specific regions take advantage of renewable energy.

Funding has been awarded to those renewable energy projects that best promote community participation, allow access to the benefits of renewable energy for all and increase renewable energy generation in Victoria.

These projects will provide local employment opportunities, encourage meaningful community participation, and contribute to Victoria’s 2050 net-zero emissions target.

For a full list of successful recipients or more information on the Fund, visit

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

“Driving down emissions and promoting renewable energy is something everyone can do.”

“These grants will give local communities the opportunity to harness clean energy technology to reduce emissions, build a local renewable energy economy and create local jobs.”

“The Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent by 2030 is making Victoria the best place to locate and grow a low-carbon business.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We’re empowering local businesses and communities to do their bit for the environment by coming up with renewable energy projects that will not only reduce emissions, but create local jobs as well.”

 “This is an innovative project for Walwa that will help drive down emissions while engaging the community to be part of renewable solutions.”