Electrification funding welcomed

Repower the Dandenongs will be hosting a session at the Hills Hub on 15 May. Picture: CARDINIA COUNCIL.

Local community energy group Repower The Dandenongs has welcomed funding announced in the Victorian State Government Budget, last Tuesday. Specifically $38 million for Solar/Electric hot water, $6.1 million for Solar Battery loans and $5.9 million to improve the Victorian Energy Upgrades program (energy efficiency). See: budget.vic.gov.au/budget-papers

“These funding commitments align with our priority areas, i.e. encouraging the uptake of renewable energy, whilst improving energy efficiency and lowering household costs. It’s pleasing to see the State Government investing to achieve its emissions reduction targets, and at the same time, providing much needed financial relief for residents and businesses,” Repower The Dandenongs President Neil Evenden said.

Hills residents wanting to learn more about existing Government support are invited to attend the Repower The Dandenongs Community Forum on Solar and Batteries, this Wednesday 15 May at Hills Hub, Emerald, commencing at 7.30pm. The forum will also outline how renewables can address energy resilience.

Repower The Dandenongs is the new name for Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association (DRREA) which was founded in 2007. The group changed name this year to focus on new electrification initiatives (like those funded in the Budget), as well as community batteries, EVs, home energy efficiency and all forms of renewable energy.

More information at www.repowerthedandenongs.org.au