Warragul-based company Hills Energy Solutions has been announced as the successful delivery partner of the $5 million Home Energy Upgrade Program – providing energy efficiency upgrades for homes in the greatest need across Latrobe City, Wellington and Baw Baw regions.
The family-owned business currently employs 10 people and will deliver energy efficiency assessments and retrofits on behalf of Sustainability Victoria and the Latrobe Valley Authority.
The project will support skills development and generate business in Gippsland by using local businesses, trades, and products to deliver home energy assessments and upgrades.
It is expected to generate up to 10 additional full-time jobs, including two trade apprenticeships and training through the Residential Energy Scorecard.
Eligible households will be provided with access to a package of up to $4,500 worth of upgrades that could include solar PV, solar hot water, insulation, efficient space heating, and other improvements such as efficient lighting – at no cost.
The program is available to low-income households based on their eligibility for Health Care Cards, Pensioner Concessions or a Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or households in energy or water retailer hardship programs.
More than 650 households have registered their interest in the program since February 2017.
Click here to find out more about the Home Energy Upgrade Program.