Victoria funds renewables to cut health services energy costs

The Victorian Government has allocated $26 million in funding through the Greener Government Buildings program to improve solar power supplies and energy efficiency at hospitals and regional health services across Victoria.

The upgrades to Victorian hospitals are estimated to save more than $70 million over the life of the investments, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20,000 tonnes each year.

Up to $7 million will be allocated to Peninsula Health which operates Frankston Hospital, and $5 million will go to Northern Health in Melbourne's northern suburbs.The Government will analyse health service energy use to determine which other hospitals will benefit the most from solar panels and energy efficiency solutions.

Health services identified will then be eligible for loans to install energy efficiency technology. They will also have the opportunity to bulk buy solar panels through Health Purchasing Victoria to maximise benefits of the initiative.

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