As the federal government seeks to revive coal-fired energy generation, the state government of Victoria has unveiled its latest policy to support the transition away from the fossil fuel, in the Latrobe Valley – a region built up around some of Australia’s largest, dirtiest and oldest coal-fired generators, Hazelwood and Yallourn.
The $5 million dollar policy, launched by the Labor Andrews government on Tuesday, will offer eligible households in the area tailored energy saving packages worth up to $4,500, including options to install rooftop solar, solar hot water and energy efficient lighting.
The government says the program will put rooftop solar or solar hot water on up to 1,000 low-income homes in the Latrobe City, Wellington and Baw Baw region, to assist local families with driving down energy bills.
In launching the scheme, state energy and climate minister Lily D’ambrosio said it was also intended to support skills development and generate business in the Latrobe Valley and wider region, by tapping local business, trades and products…(continues)
SOURCE: Sophie Vorrath, “Victoria to subsidise solar, efficiency for homes in Latrobe Valley”, Renew Economy, 14 Feb 2017
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