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In the Halls Gap Botanical Gardens, located at the foot of the Grampians, government officials and private business gathered to launch the Grampians Community Power Hub (GCPH). Members of BREAZE Inc., Sustainability Victoria and Halls Gap Botanical Gardens were in attendance for the launch, as well as Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and the Mayor of the Northern Grampians Shire Council, Tony Driscoll. Halls Gap Botanical Gardens are looking to expand their services and in partnership with BREAZE and GCPH they want to install their own renewable energy systems. Halls Gap Botanical Gardens Coordinator Margo Sietsma said she was excited to work with BREAZE and GCPH to learn how to install the community renewable energy project. “We are really looking forward to meeting the BREAZE team to learn the best way to install solar energy on the buildings of the botanical gardens,” she said. READ MORE: “We’re very excited to have lighting and power to charge electronic devices like tools and laptops. As part of the project, the Halls Gap Botanical Gardens want to install a three to four kilowatt solar array, which includes a four to seven kilowatt storage battery. Mrs Sietsma, the garden with its own electricity supply will make all the difference. “We are very happy that we were able to figure out what we can easily do here,” she said. “We would like to have a drop of electricity to charge them and a computer connection in the hangar. “It will make our job a lot easier. We love to have people here to take advantage of the native flora. The Minister of Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, was also present and said she was proud to see community-led renewable energy projects start. In the region. “It’s wonderful to see the Grampians Community Power Hub helping organizations across the Grampians region,” she said. OTHER NEWS: “The center will help local community groups develop and implement community energy projects and participate in the renewable energy revolution. This is all part of our plan to halve emissions by 2030. ”“ We are investing in the Grampians Community Power Hub because we know community energy plays such an important role in building support local for renewable energies. ” The GCPH in partnership with BREAZE Inc. consists of identifying renewable energy projects and identifying “ready to start” projects, via strategic networking and expertise. Communities themselves should drive the funding and implementation of the project – although the Hub will help identify funding channels. By engaging with communities in the Grampians region, GCPH will assist in the development of projects that could range from small-scale solar PV and microgrids to batteries or larger community-scale wind and solar services. If you see this post, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Ararat Advertiser as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling the story of Ararat. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.


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