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Bass Coast solar projects energised by state government funding to cut emissions

Bass Coast solar projects energised by state government funding to cut emissions

Published:
Thursday 3 November 2022

Four community facilities across Bass Coast have received a combined $33,000 from the Community Climate Change and Energy Action grants, helping to lower emissions and slash costs on energy bills for a range of community facilities.

The four successful projects are:

• 15.5 kW solar installation at Bass Coast Children’s Centre

• 6.6 kW solar installation with 13.5 kWh battery storage at Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House

• 15.5 kW solar installation at San Remo Pre-School

• 8.1 kW solar installation with 11 kWh battery storage at Phillip Island Boardriders Clubrooms

Bass Coast Shire Council is also supporting these projects with a funding co-contribution of $18,000. Mayor Cr Michael Whelan is proud of the partnership, stating,

“This grant funding from the Victorian government is terrific news for these Bass Coast community groups, that will soon enjoy emissions-free solar power and cheaper energy bills.”

“The best time to install solar panels was yesterday, but the next best time is today. These four successful projects will help to showcase the benefits of rooftop solar and batteries for our community and contribute to Bass Coast’s target of net zero emissions by 2030.”

Phillip Island Boardriders Club Vice President, Geoff Russell, shared just what it means for the Club, which installed its new solar and battery system in October.

“We’re so excited to have our club’s solar and battery system up and running. Not only will it reduce our carbon emissions, but it will also save on energy costs, which means we can put more money back into our club to run events and invest members funds into other club activities and programs.”

“Each year, our system will save up to 11 tonnes of carbon pollution. Our annual electricity bill is expected to be reduced by around 85%, with the payback period for the whole system just under 9 years.”

These projects and funding continue to help our community reach the Bass Coast community-wide target of net zero by 2030.

The Community Climate Change and Energy Action program is delivered by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. For more information, visit http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/community-climate-change-and-energy-action-funded-projects\

Community groups across Bass Coast interested in funding for climate action projects can access grants of up to $10,000, under the Bass Coast Shire Council Community Grant – Climate Action Grant category. Grant applications close in March and August each year. For more information, visit https://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants

The new solar system installed at Phillip Island Boardriders Club.

Credit: Phillip Island Boardriders Club.