Jobs and growth: watch the Vics with the New Energy Jobs Fund
Willow Aliento | 25 July 2017
Melbourne-based energy software developer Geli has received $850,000 from the Victorian government to develop an energy monitoring and control system that will be rolled out to up to 1000 Victorian homes.
The funding is part of the second round of grants from the New Energy Jobs Fund.
Geli will work in partnership with Flextronics on a $3.18 million project to locally manufacture and install the purpose-built systems.
Up to seven direct jobs and more than 80 indirect jobs are expected to be created.
The technology will enable households to monitor their energy consumption and solar power generation in real time, and also monitor and control battery use.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Victorians to learn more about their energy consumption and the benefits that new energy technologies can provide,” minister for energy, environment and climate change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said.
“It’s like having an energy expert in your own home – households will receive vital information on their energy use and advice about improving efficiency, ultimately saving them money on their electricity bills.”
Geli also received a grant under Round One of the fund, which tipped the balance in terms of where the San Francisco-based company would establish its Australian headquarters.
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Round two of the fund has seen a total of 21 projects share over $6 million in grants.
Other successful applicants announced to date include RayGen Resources.
It received $1 million for a $3.8 million project to construct a 0.5MW commercial solar power plant in Newbridge, and to expand its export business.
Ms D’Ambrosio said the power plant development will create 22 jobs during the design, construction and commissioning phase, and a further three ongoing jobs once operational.
An expansion of the export business has the potential to create up to 70 local jobs in product and software engineering, manufacturing, and sales.
Indigo Shire Council has also received a grant, with $99,079 allocated to develop a Community Energy Retail Business Case.
Labor Upper House member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the $150,079 project will involve council developing a business case for the establishment of a community energy retailer that will operate across communities in Indigo Shire.
The study follows the council’s commitment to increase renewable energy generation at a local level subsequent to the Totally Renewable Yackandandah initiative that was developed at a community energy forum in 2014.
Ms Symes said the community energy retail model is a logical next step in the development of the Yackandandah community’s renewable energy strategy, which involves large scale deployment of solar and batteries.
The business case can influence the development of how other communities generate, buy, sell and use electricity, she said.
“This Indigo Shire Council project is one of many across country Victoria that is making the most of the opportunities presented through renewable energy generation.”
Another project gaining support was a feasibility study for the Mokoan Power Project, which includes a 10MW commercial solar farm. Winton Wetlands received $50,000 towards the $60,000 project.