The Sovereign Hill outdoor museum in Ballarat in Central Victoria will install 290 solar panels, generating 75.4kW of electricity and significantly reducing carbon emissions at the historic site.

The Gold Museum Solar Energy Project will generate enough electricity to power the Museum as well as feed electricity back into the grid.

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio congratulated Sovereign Hill for its leadership on the project and said it was a great example to the business community.

“This project has not only reduced the museum’s carbon footprint, but also contributes towards a changing attitude within the broader private sector,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

In 2016, the Victorian Government set a Renewable Energy Target of 25 per cent by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025.

The targets will see an estimated $2.5 billion of investment and an additional 4000 jobs in Victoria’s renewable energy sector.

Victorian Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said, “Working together, business, government and the wider community can make a real difference to achieving a sustainable energy future.” 

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