Victorian govt beefs up renewable energy

Premier Daniel Andrews says he's making Victoria Australia's capital of renewable energy. (AAP)

Victoria will get 900 megawatts of energy from wind and solar into its grid after a reverse auction and Labor has promised cheap solar batteries for homes.

More than 900 megawatts of energy will be pumped into Victoria's grid by wind and solar following a state government reverse auction.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio on Tuesday announced six successful projects which are expected to deliver power to more than 646,000 homes once complete.

"We're making Victoria the capital of renewable energy and supporting the thousands of local jobs it creates," Mr Andrews said in a statement.

The government had run a reverse auctions scheme that saw project developers compete to be the lowest-cost provider.

Berrybank wind farm west of Geelong, will produce 180MW; Cawarp solar farm south of Mildura will produce 121.6MW; Cohuna solar farm north-west of Echuca will produce 34.2MW; Dundonnell wind farm north-east of Warrnambool will produce 336MW; Mortlake South wind farm will produce 157.5MW; and Winton solar farm near Benalla will produce 98.8MW.

""Renewable energy creates jobs, drives growth, and protects our environment - and most importantly, helps drive down power prices for Victorian households and businesses," Ms D'Ambrosio said.

The state government has renewable energy targets of 25 per cent of generation by 2020 and 40 per cent of electricity generation by 2025.

The 928MW of power produced by the six projects is expected to drive a 16 per cent reduction in Victoria's electricity sector greenhouse gas emissions by 2034/35, the government says.

Earlier on Tuesday, the government also promised if it is re-elected, 10,000 households which already have solar panels could be paid nearly $5000 to install battery units.

Under the scheme, home owners can get a 50 per cent rebate for installing a battery storage unit, capped at $4838 in the first year and tapering down to $3714 by 2026 with the price of batteries expected to come down.

The plan is part of Labor's wider plan to boost renewable energy use and attempts to bring down the cost of living.

Last month the government announced its $1.34 billion Solar Homes program which also includes half price solar panels for 650,000 households and $1000 off the cost of solar hot water with rebates for 60,000 homes .

Source AAP

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