The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed the first recipient of its $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance will receive $330,000 in funding to support its work in providing energy efficient housing in Victoria. The Alliance empowers Victorian homeowners to work with their builder to construct homes which maximise heating and cooling, while reducing overall energy use.
This is the first of 24 grants that will be announced in the coming months, with the Alliance obtaining support funding in the Community – Advisory Services category.
The Labor Government received a strong response to the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund. Launched in December last year, the Fund is designed to support commercially ready projects in the state with the potential to create long-term, sustainable employment and support innovation in new energy technologies.
“The South Eastern Councils Climate Change Alliance project provides expert advice on how to take advantage of new energy opportunities which could result in a potential reduction of up to 60 per cent of household energy use,” Minister D’ambrosia said.
“We’re proud to be rebuilding much needed confidence in the renewable energy industry following the neglect of Liberal governments at both state and federal levels over recent years.”
Up to $5 million was available for round one and applications closed in March. The second and third grant rounds are expected to open late 2016 and 2017. The New Energy Jobs Fund is part of the $200 million Future Industries Fund.