Renewable energy training centre proposed for Victoria

The Victorian Government will provide $500,000 to help transition one of the state’s strongest renewable energy regions into a low-carbon economy by 2050

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the Grampians New Energy Taskforce (GNeT) would use the funding to develop a roadmap to help the region transition.

GNeT is made up of local government representatives, regional partnership members, industry and community groups, and will investigate new economic and investment opportunities as part of the roadmap.

The state government will also provide $50,000 to Federation University TAFE Australia to develop a business case for an Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre in Ballarat.

“The Grampians region is already a leader in renewable energy and this funding will help it transition to a low-carbon future,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The proposed Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre has the potential to boost local jobs in the renewable energy sector – that’s why we’re supporting it with this funding.”

The proposed training centre would produce an industry-recognised skilled workforce to construct, install and maintain renewable energy infrastructure.

The Grampians region has emerged as Victoria’s engine room of renewable energy generation and associated economic growth.

Almost $3 billion of wind farm developments are currently under construction in the Grampians region this month alone.

Victoria continues to lead the way in developing new energy policy to reduce greenhouse gases, tackle climate change and deliver Victorian Renewable Energy Targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.