The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed the first group of successful recipients of its $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria will receive $50,000 to look at new energy options for the Victorian Dairy Industry.
This project will obtain and analyse energy data from a group of dairy farms in Victoria’s South-West constrained by a single wire earth return (SWER) line. The analysis will determine whether energy storage is an appropriate solution to SWER line constraints in the area.
This initiative is pivotal to dairy farmers in Tyrendarra who milk on a roster to ensure they don’t overload the electricity system. The aim of this project is to investigate if storage would alleviate these constraints.
The outcomes from the project will support a future application for grant funding to implement the solutions.
This is one of 24 grants which will be announced in the coming months, with United Dairy Farmers of Victoria obtaining funding under the Community Business Case category.
The Labor Government received a strong response to the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund with applicants providing innovative ideas for projects that support a clean energy future and help position Victoria as a leader in new energy technologies.
The fund is a key component of our $200 million Future Industries Fund to support high growth, high value industries, such as the new energy technologies sector that are critical to securing Victoria’s future as a competitive, innovative and outward looking economy.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“I look forward to working with the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria, we are determined to grow clean energy jobs and business opportunities.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“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.”