Areas of Geelong will soon have access to cheaper energy, with solar projects being funded for an aged care centre and vulnerable households.

Victorian Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio, joined Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, to open a solar project for Geelong’s Multicultural Aged Care Centre Services (MACS). The project includes 520 panels and will reduce MACS’ operating costs.

The Labor Government provided $188,000 to Geelong Sustainability Group for the project, with more than $150,000 raised by the local community.

The funding was provided through the Labor Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund, which has already awarded more than $12.6 million to 45 projects.

“This project highlights the potential for community-owned solar to help drive Victoria’s transition to renewable energy,” said Ms D’Ambrosio.

Ms D’Ambrosio also announced that Geelong Sustainability Group will receive $300,000 for its Climate Safe Rooms project.

This initiative will provide 20 vulnerable households in the Geelong region with energy-efficiency upgrades to make their homes comfortable during the temperature extremes of summer and winter.

The rooms will be fully insulated and draught-proofed, with high efficiency air-conditioning and a small solar system to offset running costs.

Geelong Sustainability Group will work with the City of Greater Geelong, Kildonan Uniting Care and EcoMaster to create the safe havens in the homes of people most at risk of serious illness or death from climate extremes.

The City of Greater Geelong’s Community Care department will identify 20 of the most vulnerable households to receive the free home energy audit and retrofit package.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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