On Thursday 19th July the Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens joined around 40 Geelong Sustainability members for a special event at Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong (MACS).
The Minister officially opened the 520-panel community solar project which will reduce MACS’s operating costs. The establishment of the project was supported with $188,000 in funding through the New Energy Jobs Fund, with more than $150,000 raised by the local community towards the project in less than a week. Click here for more information about the project.
The flagship community project received very high praise from Minister D’Ambrosio “This project highlights the potential for community-owned solar to help drive Victoria’s transition to renewable energy.” The Minister also announced funding for Geelong Sustainability's next major project Climate Safe Rooms, an initiative that will provide 20 vulnerable households in the Geelong area with energy-efficiency upgrades to make their homes comfortable during the temperature extremes of summer and winter, saying “The Climate Safe Rooms project is another fantastic initiative that will help protect some of our most vulnerable from extreme weather.”
Attendees listened to speeches from:
- Vicki Perrett, GS President & CORE Geelong One Director
- Gail Perry, Chair of MACS
- Minister Lily D'Ambrosio
- Christine Couzens, Geelong MP
- Dan Cowdell, Geelong Sustainability Project Coordinator
Geelong Advertiser - 20th July 2018, page 16.
Surf Coast & Bellarine Times - 26th July 2018, page 27.