Victorian surf clubs get time in the sun

The Victorian Government is helping the state’s surf clubs do a different kind of saving: using solar to cut down power bills.

Frankston is the first club to ride the renewable energy wave. A 5kW solar power system installed under the Community Renewables Solar Grants initiative will help it save thousands of dollars on its power bills.

Solar panels will also be installed on a number of other Life Saving Victoria clubs across the state.

To qualify for contracts under the program, solar businesses needed to be an Approved Solar Retailer under the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC’s) Solar Retailer Code of Conduct program.

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio said the surf lifesaving initiative was about driving renewable energy generation in Victoria.

“This is one of a number of programs for community groups and businesses that we are developing as part of our Renewable Energy Action Plan. We are determined to make Victoria the leading state in renewable energy generation, technology and jobs,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The savings from these solar power systems will help surf lifesaving clubs across Victoria make the best possible use of the limited financial resources they have available,” CEC spokesperson Mark Bretherton said.

“The CEC’s Solar Retailer Code of Conduct helps consumers choose a solar company that has committed to providing higher levels of customer service, a minimum five-year whole-of-system warranty and ethical marketing practices.

“It’s great to see the Victorian Government recognising the role of the Code of Conduct in lifting standards by integrating it into the Community Renewables Solar Grants Initiative.”