The Latrobe Valley Home Energy Upgrade Program is a $5 million Victorian Government solar and energy efficiency initiative.
The program will deliver solar installations and energy upgrades to up to 1,000 vulnerable households in Latrobe City, Wellington & Baw Baw local government areas during 2017 and 2018.
The program will reduce energy bills for local households, while boosting jobs in the region by engaging local businesses to deliver energy efficiency assessments and upgrades using local products and services.
The package would include a new 2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) or high efficiency hot water system (solar or heat pump, costing approx. $3,500) and/or one other upgrade from a set of options including: draught proofing, window shades, lighting, fixed heating and cooling appliances.
Upgrade packages will not provide additions to existing solar PV systems. Upgrades will consist of an energy efficiency assessment, to help households select a suitable package for installation, and other practical energy efficiency advice.
Households will be eligible for upgrades worth up to $4,500.
If you are a vulnerable household with a current government concession, healthcare card or are already taking part in a hardship program with your energy provider, and reside in the Latrobe City, Wellington & Baw Baw local government areas you might be eligible to take part in the program.
Interested households, local businesses and community organisations can register their interest in the program here. Some organisations may be contacted to discuss their submission and that discussion will help shape the process.
LVA and Sustainability Victoria are currently working with local stakeholders to fully scope and design the program and finalise the criteria to assist in delivering upgrades to those households who need it the most.
Further details about eligibility and distribution of the grants will be available from late April 2017.
Business & community organisations
Frequently asked questions can be answered here.