Solar support for regional communities at risk from bushfires
Regional Victorian communities at risk from bushfires and extreme weather events are benefitting from a $1 million solar installation program being rolled out across the state.
Following the devastating effects of the 2020 bushfires and the recent storms which left many in the state without power, solar panels are being installed at sporting clubs and recreation centres across the state to transform them into emergency safe places and relief centres during bushfires and other extreme weather events.
RACV has invested $1 million to help 24 regional Victorian towns respond to community needs in the wake of natural disasters, with the funding providing a solar and battery system averaging $43,200. Each installation includes rooftop solar, plus a battery, to provide backup power in case the grid goes down.
The solar and battery systems are being installed on community halls, sporting grounds and recreation reserves that act as emergency safe places and relief centres during bushfires and other extreme weather events.
The initiative has reached its halfway mark in the two-year program of installations, with completed installations in Omeo, Tallangatta, Wairewa, Wodonga, Goongerah, Clifton Creek, Yea, Aireys Inlet, Calivil, Anglesea, Heathcote and Dederang. Twelve more will follow at sites including Winchelsea, Hamilton, Harrietville, Hawkesdale, Warrnambool, Balmoral and Mirranatwa.