RACV continuing to power regional Victoria’s regeneration
More than two years after the devastating Black Summer bushfires, RACV is continuing to help regional towns keep the lights on when they need it most.
Thanks to RACV’s Solar in the Regions program, East Gippsland’s Swifts Creek Community Hall, Wairewa Hall, and Clifton Creek Community Centre are now operating using solar power and battery storage – at no cost to the communities.
With the new upgrades to the buildings’ infrastructure, these towns can now rest easy knowing they can function independently during an emergency or grid outage.
As seen during the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, it is imperative that vulnerable and remote communities are able to maintain communications and utilise critical power sources during natural disasters – even when the grid goes down.
"Being able to keep the lights on, have refrigeration and power our recovery efforts in these buildings means our towns can now keep the essential services running when they need it the most," said East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor, Cr Mark Reeves.
"Aside from emergency recovery, these systems will assist in reducing the power running costs of the building for all the activities and events that are held in these spaces. Council is very pleased to have been part of the Solar in the Regions program.”