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The Victorian Government has unveiled a $15.3 million package of renewable energy investments to help reduce the state’s emissions.

The investments build on the Solar Homes program, which is installing solar panels on 700,000 homes across the state and saving households up to $890 per year.

Sports clubs and community halls will benefit from $10.3 million for energy efficiency and affordability improvements, including solar installations on public buildings on crown land.

A further $4 million will fund energy efficiency upgrades for hot water systems and lighting in public housing high-rise properties across Victoria.

The package also includes $1 million in grants to help regional communities deliver renewable energy projects – such as putting solar panels on child care centres, community buildings or health facilities – through the New Energy Jobs Fund.

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, said the fund would create jobs across the Gippsland, Loddon Mallee, Grampians, Hume and Barwon South West, supporting Victoria’s regions in their uptake of renewable energy.

Applications for the Government’s Solar Homes Program have peaked in May 2020, as solar panels deliver savings for Victorians staying home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

More than 79,000 Victorians have installed rebated solar panels, batteries and solar hot water systems since the program began in 2018. If these panels were lined up side-by-side, they would cover the playing field of the MCG almost 125 times.

“Solar panels are delivering significant savings for Victorians – particularly at the moment, with people staying home to slow the spread of coronavirus,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

More information on the Solar Homes program and rebates can be found here.

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