I’m pleased to announce that the Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) in partnership with three metropolitan Alliances (EAGA, NAGA and SECCCA) representing a total of 22 councils has been successful in winning funding from the New Energy Jobs Fund for its Solar PV for Low Income Households project. The initiative aims to install solar on more than 1,100 households using a combination of special rates charges (as in Darebin’s Solar Savers) and customised bank financing.
This is the biggest cross government, cross sector climate initiative in years. It is aimed directly at the people who have the most to lose from energy prices rises and whom the market is not motivated to support.
The total project will receive $764,589 in funding from the Victorian Government, which is primarily for staff to assist participating councils recruit and engage households. This will take the form of a program manager and three sustainable energy officers, hosted by the Greenhouse Alliances, one of which will be based in the CVGA offices and will work to support member councils.
We’re now in the middle of contract negotiations between lead council (Maroondah) and the State government – we have been told we can tell our partner organisations but we’re not supposed to advertise it more broadly until the Minister has the chance sometime in the next few weeks. That said, the government has released one media release so far and we expect something similar for the CVGA councils shortly,
For those of you who have signed up for this project, we’ll be contacting you separately regarding the next steps. Please contact me directly if you have any further questions.
This is great news – now the real works starts!