A late afternoon aerial view of Inverloch in Bass Coast, Victoria, Australia

The Victorian Government’s Community Climate Change and Energy Action Grants will deliver $33,000 in combined funding to four community facilities in the Bass Coast.

The funding will support the installation of solar panels at the facilities, delivering reduced emissions and costs to Bass Coast Shire Council and ratepayers. They include:

  • 15.5kW solar installation at Bass Coast Children’s Centre
  • 6.6kW solar installation with 13.5kW/h battery storage at Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House
  • 15.5kW solar installation at San Remo Pre-School
  • 8.1kW solar installation with 11kW/h battery storage at Phillip Island Boardriders Clubrooms

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Michaell Whelan, said council would contribute $18,000 toward the projects.

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

“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, said the project could reduce the club’s annual electricity bill by 85 per cent.

“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,” Mr Russell said.

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

The Community Climate Change and Energy Action program is delivered by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

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