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A bio-energy project is among the first group of recipients of the Victorian Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants, supporting new energy technologies.

Waranga Green Energy will receive $1 million to fund a self-sustaining mixed agriculture bio-energy project. The project involves the construction of a bio-digester that can process up to 200 tonnes of agricultural waste per day to generate renewable heat and power.

The power and heat produced will then be available to power the adjacent piggery, as well as heat a co-located horticultural greenhouse operation with the excess CO2 used to enhance horticultural growth.

Located in Stanhope, the bio-energy plant has been designed  to minimise greenhouse gases, maximise energy efficiency and remove waste disposal constraints which are currently preventing expansion of the piggery.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said, “We’re proud to be supporting a bio-energy project which works to minimise emissions, maximise energy efficiency and create local jobs.”

As part of this project, high quality organic fertilizer will also be produced.

The project represents a significant investment for the region, with more than 30 local jobs expected to be generated and a project value of $31 million.

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said, “Waranga Green Energy is a great example of how country Victoria can embrace the opportunities that renewable energy presents.”

It’s one of 24 grants which will be announced in the coming months, with Waranga Green Energy obtaining funding under the technology category.

The Labor Government received a strong response to the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund with applicants providing ideas for clean energy projects that 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.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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