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Solar farm at Longford

Solar farm at Longford

A renewable first for Gippsland's First Peoples

Victoria’s first solar farm wholly owned and operated by an Aboriginal Corporation has received one of five grants supporting community-led renewable energy generation in Gippsland.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced five local community groups will share more than $1 million in grants through the Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program, which she says "empowers communities to take control of energy costs, support local jobs and reduce emissions".

Among the successful groups from the first round of funding is the Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation which receives $1 million for construction of a 4.9 MW solar farm at Longford.

The Ramahyuck solar farm will be the first on Aboriginal-owned land in Victoria, empowering the local Aboriginal community to achieve self-determination by developing their own renewable energy generation.

It is expected to create at least 40 jobs during construction and 14 ongoing roles, as well as create an income stream for the corporation.

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The Minister has also launched stage two of the program which will provide $1.98 million for new renewable energy projects in the Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire, and Wellington Shire area.

Funding will be provided for innovative projects that capitalise on the renewable energy potential of the Valley and provide long-term benefits to the community.

"Funding rooftop solar PV on community and sports facility buildings helps reduce energy costs, support local solar installation businesses and reduce emissions," Minister D’Ambrosio said.

"The Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program will play an important role in helping Victoria halve its carbon emissions by 2030."

Round two applications close on 30 November 2021. Details and applications at: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies

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